Residents feel flyover concept is good for Main Rd., Savannah Hwy. intersection

VIDEO: Residents feel flyover concept is good for Main Rd./Savannah Hwy. intersection
Source: SC DOT (Superstreet concept)
Source: SC DOT (Superstreet concept)
Source: WCSC (Main Rd/Savannah Hwy. intersection)
Source: WCSC (Main Rd/Savannah Hwy. intersection)

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County Council members plan to discuss a short and a long term plan to fix the issues along Main Road and the intersection of Savannah Highway.

Last week heavy rains and high tides caused a portion of the road to flood, causing traffic delays to and from Johns Island.

The short term plan looks to raise Main Road six inches, and add more drainage pipes to prevent this kind of flooding from happening again.

You could start seeing movement happen in six to eight months.

As part of the long term plan, County Council is proposing to widen Main Road to four lanes from the Limehouse Bridge to Savannah Highway.

It's in hopes of reducing the stress of traffic on and off Johns Island in the future.

On top of that, a plan to create a bridge, called a flyover, at the intersection of Main Road and Savannah Highway, similar to the one in Mount Pleasant.

"I think it's a great idea," said Wendie Grazier, who lives on Kiawah Island.

"I don't see why it wouldn't be a good idea, if it's going to help ease the traffic," said Amanda Gilbert, who lives in West Ashley.

Past proposals talked about widening Savannah Highway to deal with the traffic in that area, but some people feel that would create even more problems.

"Where the businesses are located, it's almost impossible to make it wider to handle that traffic," said Ronald Blake, who lives on Johns Island.

Meanwhile two years ago the state's Department of Transportation selected a superstreet intersection plan that would limit turning in that area.

It could require drivers to turn right off Main Road, and loop around in designated lanes of the median, like other portions of Savannah Highway.

"It will create more of a hazard," Blake said.

"I think a lot of people would be upset by that," Gilbert added.

The Council now wants to terminate an agreement of that concept between the County and SCDOT and reallocate the $1.5 million to assess the flyover plan for the roadway.

Folks in the area feel the timing couldn't be more perfect.

"It's about time," Grazier said.

The council will need federal funds to complete the plan, and says another half cent sales tax may be needed.

Some drivers say if it fixes the problem at the intersection, they don't have a problem with the slight tax increase.

Friday DOT officials will meet with sea island residents to discuss the flooding issue from last week.

That meeting will take place at 10:00 a.m. at Lovely Hill Baptist Church on Johns Island.

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