Public invited to hearings on extension of Mark Clark

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wednesday published the public notice for the proposed Mark Clark Expressway extension project and are asking for public commentary on the planned changes.

The SC Department of Transportation proposal calls for the construction of a four-lane parkway running along and crossing over the Stono River for the current endpoint of the Mark Clark Expressway and continuing onto Johns Island and to James Island where it would connect with the James Island Connector.

The SCDOT's Recommended Preferred Alternative (Alternative G) is a hybrid option that combines two of the 39 potential options presented during the public involvement process.

[See the full size map of the proposed change (JPG).]

The DOT's proposal offers multi-use paths for bicyclists and walkers and low speeds for motorists, which they believe will boost foot and bike traffic to the greenway and James Island County Park.

The new 7.9-mile construction project would feature 35 and 45 mile-per-hour zones. The plan would impact 17.43 miles of wetlands and cost $489 million, but has the fewest number of relocations for residents and impacts the fewest noise receptors.

The public is invited to two hearing on Aug. 31 and Sept. 2. Both meeting are being held at Burke High School in downtown Charleston from 5-7 p.m.

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