NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - If you live on Dorchester Road or drive near Charleston International Airport or Tanger Outlet Mall, you'll want to make sure you know about some proposed traffic changes.
The airport connector road project was initiated by the Charleston County government. The project will provide a new access road to the Charleston International Airport.
Officials hope it will relieve traffic congestion from Dorchester Road to Montague Avenue near the Mark Clark Expressway.
The project has been in consideration since the late 1990s, according to Richard Turner with the Charleston County Transportation Development Department.
"The Federal Aviation Authority started having some concerns once the Michaux Parkway was built and traffic along Dorchester Road started cutting through to International Boulevard," said Turner.
Preliminary plans have been in the works since last October, but Charleston County will not make final construction plans until they hear from the public.
"Any public project needs public input. That only makes the process that much better," added Turner.
The Charleston County Transportation Development Department has a rough idea where the new three-mile stretch of road will go, but the details for the four-lane connector still need to be ironed out.
The next two public information meetings will be in May and December of this year. These meetings are said to be crucial throughout the planning, design and permitting phases of the project.
Construction is slated to begin in October of next year and should take about 18 months to complete.