Berkeley Co. officials prioritize road projects in preparation for November election

Berkeley Co. officials prioritize road projects in preparation for November election

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County has finalized a comprehensive list of roads and intersections in need of most work should voters extend the one-cent transportation sales tax in November.

Over 20 road projects top the list in Berkeley County.

"We've gotten input from elected officials from all over the county, all levels, state, local, county government, from DOT and from residents," says county engineer Frank Carson.

Carson says they target efficiency, safety and quality of life.

Two of the pricier projects on the list are improvements to the interchange at Highways 52 and 176 and the continued widening of Clements Ferry Road from Jack Primus to Highway 41.

Other priorities include the continued extension of Henry Brown Boulevard. The first phase is being completed with revenue from the transportation sales tax.

Carson says the burden does not rest solely on tax payers. He says funds for improvements come from state and federal programs as well as private development.

"We're able to spread the dollars around, so by no means are these projects 100 percent funded by sales tax."

He says investment in infrastructure now will pay off for years to come.

"There has been pent up demand for years and years, and, in some cases, it provides the opportunity for growth in the county, getting ahead of those problems you see a lot of times with growth."

The list will be presented to county council for a final vote on August 11. If approved, it will appear on the November ballot. Voters passed the tax the first time in 2008 for seven years. If they vote to extend it again, it would go through 2023.

Below is the finalized list of potential road projects:

Capacity Projects:

Henry Brown Boulevard extension phase 2

Clements Ferry Road widening phase 2

Railroad Avenue Extension

US 52 (Goose Creek Blvd)/US 176 (St. James Ave) interchange

US 176 (State Road) widening

Sheep Island interchange & I-26 widening

Nexton Parkway

Jedburg Road interchange

Sheep Island Parkway South

Redbank Road widening

Major Resurfacing Projects:

SC 45 resurfacing

Black Tom Road resurfacing

SC 402 resurfacing

Old Highway 52 resurfacing

Hoodtown Road resurfacing

Dr. Evans Road resurfacing

SC 6 (Main Street/Moncks Corner) resurfacing

*12.5 miles of paving projects will also be presented to county council.

Intersection Improvements:

Daniel Island Drive/Seven Farms Drive intersection improvements

Royle Road/Sangaree Parkway intersection improvements

Foster Creek Road/Tanner Ford Boulevard intersection improvements

Murray Drive/Yeamans Hall Road

Other Transportation Projects:

Bushy Park boat landing channel dredging

Berkeley County airport – runway extension project

Bridge replacement Project:

Bridge Replacement Projects (TBD)