Superstreet could be solution for troubled intersection

Superstreet could be solution for Lowcountry traffic troubles

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A safer, smoother ride from Johns Island to West Ashley is on the horizon.

A public meeting will be held Tuesday night for folks to weigh in on proposed changes to the intersection of Savannah Highway and Main Road. On any given day during rush hour, the intersection is packed with cars traveling in and around Johns Island and West Ashley.

But state transportation officials think a superstreet is the answer to all the congestion.

A superstreet could potentially improve safety, speed up your drive time, save money and the environment.

Department of Transportation officials also plan to widen both intersections as well as widen Old Charleston Road. According to the highway safety office, between 2003 and 2011, almost 400 accidents have occurred at the intersection.

Nearly 200 people have been injured and three have lost their lives.

Another 105 accidents occurred a few blocks away at the Main Road and Old Charleston Road intersection.

DOT believes they can cut those numbers in half by creating a superstreet.

The estimated cost of the project is $3.5 million. Two million of that will come from federal safety funds and the other $1.5 million will be paid for by Charleston County.

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