CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The island way of life is becoming a more popular way of life.
As development explodes on James Island, the community is working to keep up with the infrastructure to support it.
Tuesday was the official ribbon-cutting for a major intersection improvement project at Camp and Folly roads.
The road was widened and extra turn lanes added for people going to Camp Road.
Improvements also included better drainage system, bigger pipes, bicycle lanes and sidewalks on both sides of the road.
"What was once a mere concept is now a reality, "Charleston County Councilmember Joseph Qualey said in a county press release. "We are very excited about the improvements to this busy intersection. This has truly been a collaborative effort between Charleston County, the Town of James Island, the City of Charleston, the South Carolina Department of Transportation and many private citizens. I would like to thank everyone who worked diligently on this project to provide much needed traffic relief at the intersection."
The price tag on the project was $13.2 million, funded through the Charleston County half-cent sales tax.
Councilman Leonard Blank spoke at the event and believes the additions will make the road safer and less congested.
"I lived over here for 55 years," Blank said."I did everything I could to keep from driving down this intersection. And now it's a pleasure to go through that intersection. Look at all these people using this intersection! It wasn't like this years ago."
"This project is another great example of using taxpayer dollars to improve the lives of Charleston County citizens. The new turn lanes and traffic light signal timing will ease traffic during peak travel times, and minimize commute times for those who live on and travel through James Island," Charleston County Council Chairman Vic Rawl said.