Officials hope new Summerville road extension will ease traffic in area

Updated: Jul. 24, 2019 at 6:03 AM EDT
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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - On Wednesday, officials in Summerville will break ground to start construction on the Bear Island Road extension, which aims to help ease traffic near Azalea Square shopping center.

Construction crews began preliminary work last month.

The extension will bring two lanes through a wetland area and decrease traffic on North Main Street. The project was originally supposed to be a four lane road.

People who live in the Weatherstone neighborhood fought against the project and filled a lawsuit because they were concerned about the loss of wetlands. They were also worried that it would add to the flooding they already experience. The lawsuit was eventually dropped and utility work around Sheep Island Road started at the beginning of July.

The nearly 1.4 mile project has a price tag of $6.3 million.

The groundbreaking ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning

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