CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston City Council looks to approve an agreement with the Department of Transportation and Charleston County for traffic improvements on Johns Island.
Since the idea in 2007, the Maybank Highways Improvement project has undergone several revisions, most recently in April 2014.
The project is scheduled for three phases: 1) Resurfacing, 2) Widening and 3) Intersection improvements.
Phase one of the project is already complete, and now construction looks to get started on widening parts of the road.
The goal of the second phase is to ease the traffic coming off the Paul J. Gelegotis Bridge (Stono River Bridge) up to the River Road intersection.
Officials say the reason that area gets congested is because of the two lanes coming off the bridge and merging into one lane on Johns Island.
The improvement would widen this portion of Maybank Highway, continuing the lane coming off the bridge up to the existing right turn lane at River Road.
That means there would be a total of three lanes from the bridge to the intersection
The project also looks to create access for bicycles and walkers in the area.
Phase three of the project would improve the traffic at the River Road intersection by creating two new location-parallel routes (Northern and Southern Pitchfork Roads) from Maybank Highway to River Road.
The project was requested by the City of Charleston and is funded by the Charleston County Transportation Sales Tax. It is one of the projects that voters in Charleston County approved in the second Transportation Sales Tax bond referendum in November 2006. This authorized the County to issue an additional $205 million in bonds, which will be repaid through Transportation Sales Tax revenues.