County council not meeting with SIB this week on I-526 extension

County council not meeting with SIB this week on I-526 extension

Charleston County officials say no meeting is set with the SC Transportation Infrastructure Bank Board this week regarding the extension of Interstate 526 onto Johns and James islands.

Last week, Charleston County Vice Chairman Elliott Summey said a meeting was scheduled for Aug. 7 between council members and the SCTIB regarding the I-526 extension project.

Summey said the bank will decide whether to accept the new terms of agreement, which includes the county running the project.

But on Monday, Charleston County Government said there was no meeting or presentation planned for the project on Aug. 7.

Over the last seven months, Summey said council has been working through legal matters with the Infrastructure Bank.

If the bank accepts the new terms of the agreement, the next step will be to pick an engineering firm. Summey says that could take up to 90 days.

When council took over the project, they voted for the "Alternate G" design plan. Summey says the section will look more like a parkway than an interstate. The top speed will be 50 miles per hour and he says there won't be any stop lights along the way.

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