NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) -
Charleston County officials say they've got a new road project that's going to improve the quality of life for the community around the Charleston International Airport. They're laying out plans to build a new three-mile road, somewhere between Dorchester Road and Montague Avenue, that will connect directly to the airport.
"It'll be a new entrance into the airport," said Richard Turner, Project Manager for Charleston County Transportation and Development.
Charleston County officials have a big plan for alleviating traffic around the Charleston International Airport.
After receiving $42 million in bond money from Charleston County Council, county officials are in the early stages of planning for the road which they say will most likely have two lanes in each direction.
"Generally, it's going to connect Montague Avenue, Michaux Parkway which will go down to Dorchester and then to the airport," said Turner.
Turner says besides alleviating traffic for the area, it will also create a more visually welcoming sight for Charleston visitors.
"Between Michaux Parkway and the airport itself, there's going to be a real emphasis there to make that real nice, pretty and a good entrance for the Lowcountry," said Turner.
"I think it will be good for the airport, It'll definitely solve a lot of traffic trying to get there and back," said Taylor Smith, lives near airport.
However, some residents off Dorchester Road have their doubts that it will help with the congestion.
"Installing a new road to the airport might relieve the traffic for the airport and maybe for the Boeing company on that side, but it does absolutely nothing to Dorchester road or the residents in this neighborhood," said Edward Bryant, North Charleston resident.
"I cant see where it's going to relieve anything, its convenience for Boeing. That's all it is," said Robert Knox, resident.
Turner says that with the aerospace industry, which includes Boeing, growing near the airport, it's important that the county do any road improvements they can to help that area thrive.
They hope to break ground on the new road by October of 2015 and have it done by Spring of 2017. But, they've got a lot of decisions to make before that.
County officials say they've been meeting with surrounding neighborhood associations about the plan.
They want more public input at their upcoming open house on June 18 at Jerry Zucker Middle School, located at 6401 Dorchester Road in North Charleston. It's from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., starting with a presentation of the project, and followed by a question and answer session.
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