Council weighing options on I-526; No vote in sight

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A glimmer of hope exists Wednesday morning for those who want to see Interstate 526 completed.

At Tuesday's Charleston County Council meeting, council members had a change of heart. They are now looking at alternatives rather than the previous decision to stop building.

The council delayed the vote to either finish I-526 or pay back millions of dollars it used to start the project. The council was set to discuss the issue Tuesday, but decided to hold off. Instead, it will send the county attorney to the State Infrastructure Bank to negotiate.

A lot of homeowners are frustrated with all the back-and-forth action. They would like to see a decision made one way or the other.

"The development is coming to Johns Island, like it or not, highway or not," said residents Brad and Pamela Taggart. "We need something to solve that problem before it's too huge to confront

Council members voted 5 to 3 to negotiate the "no build" decision made last month to avoid breaking its contract with the State Infrastructure Bank. A breach of contract would cost $11.6 million.

"I feel sorry for all the people on Johns Island who've owned this land since after the civil war, and I feel badly for everyone in this situation," said Barbara Carter.

There is no word yet on when council will make a final decision.

Members plan to send the county attorney to Columbia to negotiate with the bank and consider alternatives.

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