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:
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
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.
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: