JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - Charleston County officials are working on a plan to improve traffic congestion along Main Road in Johns Island and West Ashley.
The project could cost up to $100 million and would focus on a section of Main Road from Bees Ferry in West Ashley to River Road on Johns Island.
The primary purpose of this project is to increase capacity on that stretch of road and reduce congestion. Flooding has also been taken into consideration, and the county is looking at raising the roadway to elevate those concerns.
Devri Detoma, the construction project manager, said, “Traffic is awful getting on and off Johns Island and the people need a way to get to work faster.”
Currently, there are seven alternatives being proposed that could widen Main Road and improve the Main Road and Hwy 17 interchange.
Some residents are concerned about the timeline of the project.
Construction is set to begin in the fall of 2022 after two years of permitting and approval of one plan.
Each plan considers a slightly different method in improving the intersection and widening Main Road. Some plans include removing and relocating pieces of property surrounding Main Road.
Johns Island resident, Nancy L. Carter, says the plans could have a negative impact on her family’s property.
“It’s going to impact my family’s property, the store, the business, and I’m not happy with that,” said Carter.
This project would also extend the West Ashley Greenway to Bees Ferry. The factors being considered are public input, cost, environmental impact, and projected traffic over the next 20 years.
For more information about each improvement plan, click here.