JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County Council is working on plans to improve drainage on Main Road a week after abnormally heavy rains and high tide caused a traffic nightmare for days.
The short-term solution being discussed, according to Charleston County Council Chairman Elliot Summey, is to raise Main Road six inches and place more drainage pipes under the railroad.
Those solutions could happen within the next six to eight months, he said.
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Long-term solutions being discussed include widening the road from two lanes to four from the Limehouse Bridge to Highway 17 and creating a new intersection at Highway 17 and Main Road with a flyover similar the one on Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant, he said.
A comprehensive drainage plan is also being considered.
Summey says county council will try to get some federal funds for the long-term solution but added another half cent sales tax may be needed.
The council will take up the issue at its Thursday meeting at 5 p.m., Summey said.
The roadway between Main Road at Savannah Highway and Main Road at River Road had been closed, as well as Old Charleston highway leading to Main Road.
Authorities had been forced to close Main Road on Sep. 1, the day after near-record rainfall combined with a "king tide." The roadway between Main Road at Savannah Highway and Main Road at River Road had been closed, as well as Old Charleston highway leading to Main Road.
Authorities reopened one lane to traffic at 5 p.m., but were forced to close the road again hours later because of rising water. The road did not reopen fully until two days later.