Chamber seeks extension for Glenn McConnell Parkway

VIDEO: Chamber seeks extension for Glenn McConnell Parkway

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce is trying to tackle an issue that affects many in the Lowcountry everyday... traffic.

Wednesday morning a presentation was made to other members in a seminar called "Business in your Backyard."

The Chamber wants to extend Glenn McConnell Parkway all the way to Summerville and beyond.

Leaders say it will help reduce stress and congestion.

Commuters have been known to sit in traffic along Highway 61, and I-26 all trying to get out of/into Charleston.

The extension project is one of 19 priorities on the table for the Chamber's Infrastructure Task Force.

Members from the Chamber said the infrastructure project is critical for easing congestion and impacting West Ashley and western island communities.

The plan calls for a highway to run from the intersection of Bees Ferry Road and Glenn McConnell all the way to Ridgeville.

Members said the extension would also offer another hurricane evacuation route to the area.

This section of West Ashley is undergoing major construction at this time, those projects costing money.

The Chamber is moving forward with talking to local, state, and federal officials about funding these projects.

Right now the plan has not been approved, but Chamber leaders are calling on elected officials to find the money to make this happen.

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