Berkeley Co. officials to present plans for Clements Ferry Road widening

A satellite image shows the area of the project (Source: Berkeley County)
A satellite image shows the area of the project (Source: Berkeley County)

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County officials are hoping to ease traffic in an area of Clements Ferry Road.

Anyone who drives on the road knows it's plagued by traffic congestion.

"What should be, and what is when there's no traffic, a 20-minute ride, it's turned into sometimes 40 to 45 minutes," Pat Weis said, who lives right off Clements Ferry Road.

The widening would take place from Jack Primus Road to SC 41, widening the road from two lanes to four in the area with a center two-way turn lane or raised median.

Intersection improvements and a lane for bicyclists is also possible.

"We know there’s a lot of traffic. We know improvements need to be made," Berkeley County Public Information Officer Hannah Moldenhauer said.

Moldenhauer said this phase of the project, phase two, will begin in 2019 as soon as phase one is complete.

Phase two is expected to be finished by 2022.

"We're moving forward with these projects as quickly as possible, and we're hopeful that things will be done on schedule and on time," Moldenhauer said.

A public meeting will be held Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Philip Simmons High School at 3080 River Village Drive.

Residents will be able to review and discuss the plans with Berkeley County and SCDOT officials.

Project details including the environmental effects will be provided along with more maps and drawings.

Copyright 2018 WCSC. All rights reserved.