CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County Council's Finance Committee voted on Thursday in favor of moving forward with building a flyover to handle massive flooding on Main Road on Johns Island.
The combination of heavy rains and a super high tide earlier this month flooded Main Road near Savannah Highway. Officials closed one lane of the road, forcing drivers to crawl in one lane or sit in traffic on Maybank Highway.
Members of the Charleston County Legislative Delegation's roads and bridges committee had voted for the flyover or overpass near the intersection of Main Road and Savannah Highway.
The estimated cost for the flyover is between $60 and $65 million, according to county officials.
A DOT official said it could take between six to eight years to build.
Charleston County officials have been considering a super street to alleviate the flooding problems.
Opponents of that idea say it would force drivers coming off Main Road to make too many turns to get back on Savannah Highway heading south.