Public hearing for tree removal on stretch of I-26 delayed

An aerial view of the stretch of I-26 in question.
An aerial view of the stretch of I-26 in question.

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The public hearing about the plan to remove the trees in the median of a stretch of I-26 has been delayed.

The Department of Transportation wants to come up with a project plan to present to the public, and is delaying the Aug. 1 meeting.

"With the outcome of the meeting this week with the BCD COG and the establishment of the ad-hoc committee reviewing the proposed project, we will be delaying the public hearing until a clear project plan can be developed and presented to the public," said Tony Sheppard, Director of Traffic Engineering. "SCDOT looks forward to working with the COG's committee to seek alternative solutions that can be put before the public for review."

Officials with SCDOT argue that the trees need to be removed from the Summerville exit to I-95 for safety reasons.

Tri-county Council of Governments wants to look at alternatives first. They're working with SCDOT to come up with a plan before a public meeting.

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