FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: N. Charleston road project near new Intermodal Center begins

The North Charleston Intermodal Center is expected to open later this year. (Source: North Charleston)
The North Charleston Intermodal Center is expected to open later this year. (Source: North Charleston)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A road construction project related to a new transportation center in North Charleston begins Monday.

A section of Hock Avenue will be closed as the city begins roadwork related to its new Intermodal Center.

That center will become a central location for folks looking to catch the train, CARTA bus or a regional bus that travels outside of the city.

The new center will replace the current Amtrak station that's been around for decades.

"As a gateway to the region and to the city of North Charleston, it's a little bit of an eyesore," North Charleston Project Manager Adam MacConnell said.

The project will decrease the amount of train tracks being added to residential areas and cut down on traffic on Gaynor Avenue and West Montague Avenue.

"We are very excited about the prospect of getting this thing done," MacConnell said. "We've been trying to do it for a long time."

The Intermodal Center is a $15 million project that will serve as a station for people to board trains, local bus systems and regional bus systems.

"It will be a place that you feel like you want to be as opposed to a place that you just sort of ended up," CARTA Chairman Mike Seekings said.

The Amtrak station will remain open and operational until the Intermodal Center opens later this year.

"What we've done now is taken the first step in giving people choices in transit," Seekings said.

Seekings said those choices will especially help people who are neighbors to the station.

"We're going to give people who live in this area, and this is a residential area, a way to get around, which is great," Seekings said.

The project manager for the new center said he thinks this will be the first step to some much-needed transportation improvements for the Lowcountry.

"We need to improve our public transit options and opportunities. This facility will serve as a center-point of that in the North Charleston area."

The Hock Avenue project is expected to take six months to complete.

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