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State listens to public on Mark Clark expressway plan

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The public will get to express its opinion on design plans for the last link in a major expressway on the South Carolina coast.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation on Tuesday holds the first of 2 public hearings on plans to complete the Mark Clark Expressway around Charleston.

The department has proposed a lower speed parkway to connect the James Island connector west of Charleston with I-526 which continues on to Mount Pleasant.

The parkway will complete an 8-mile gap between the existing expressways.

The proposal calls for a four-lane parkway with a median and speeds between 35 and 45 mph. It's projected to cost about $489 million.

A second hearing is scheduled for Thursday while three more are set for next week.

Tuesday, August 31 & Thursday, September 2
Burke High School
244 President Street
Charleston, SC 29403-4742
CARTA Route 201
 
Tuesday, September 7
West Ashley High School
4060 West Wildcat Blvd.
Charleston, SC 29414
CARTA Route 42
 
Wednesday, September 8
James Island Charter High School
1000 Ft. Johnson Road
Charleston, SC 29412-8898
 
Thursday, September 9
St. John's High School
1518 Main Road
Johns Island, SC 29455-3436
Tri-County Link Route C204

Comments on the project can be also be made by clicking "Contact Us"  on the project website (www.scdot.org/i526), on the project hotline 1-888-MCE-I526, or by mail to SCDOT at PO Box 191, Columbia, SC 29202-0191.  The two-month public comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Recommended Preferred Alternative ends on September 30, 2010.

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