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Big development plans underway along Dorchester Road

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

A master plan is in play for a new sports complex off Dorchester Road.

"Wescott is a beautiful facility. It's unique. We tried to look at something that the kids can remember and relate to," N. Charleston Parks and Rec director Ed Barfield said.

City officials say there will be three ball fields at the park, picnic areas and play space, and they hope to open the park by summer of next year.

Head down Dorchester Road toward Summerville and construction on a shopping center has begun. A sign in front of the property says Harris Teeter is coming.

"That's awesome because I think we need more places that we can do grocery shopping," Delia Negron said.

Just a few miles down Dorchester Road in front of the Ashborough and Ashborough East neighborhoods to US 17A, Work is underway to widen the road from two to five lanes.

Road work is also taking place along Bacons Bridge Road. Some residents think all the development may increase traffic problems.

"During the middle part of the day it's okay, like right now. when people are getting kids out of school and getting off work and going to work, it just gets really packed," Monica Brooks said.

"I think if everyone does the right thing and they know when is the peak hour, when is the off peak hour, I don't think we have a problem with that," Negron said.

Both the Dorchester and Bacons Bridge Road projects are being paid for in part by a county-wide one-cent sales tax.

Each project will cost more than 20 million dollars each.

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