Glenn McConnell Widening project construction could start early next year

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - County leaders say the project to widen West Ashley’s Glenn McConnell Parkway is one step closer to construction.

Charleston County’s Technical Review Committee says they will be hearing revised plans regarding the project Thursday.

Since more than 35,000 people drive on Glenn McConnell Parkway every day, the county says this project plans to expand the road from Bees Ferry Road to Magwood Drive into a to six lane parkway.

The Charleston County Technical Review Committee says they will be hearing revised plans on the widening as well as drainage calculations and the drainage model for the project.

Glenn McConnell is located next to the Church Creek Basin and the county says many in the area have remarked on the area’s tendency to flood. Because of known flooding, the county says these plans include ways to make sure the area is not negatively impacted by the improvements.

“I think one of the biggest concerns when people hear ‘Glenn McConnell’ is it’s right in that Church Creek Drainage Basin and ‘don’t make it worse,’” Charleston County Construction Project Manager Sunshine Trakas says. “I think a lot of times people think when we do improvements like this, you’re adding pavement and things that, it will make the flooding worse. But we did take special care on this project to make sure that what we did, did not impact anything negatively.”

Trakas says this project has really been a collaboration between the County, City of Charleston, Department of Transportation and a lot of input from the community.

In looking at public comments, Trakas says intersection concerns topped the list of what those in the area would like fixed.

“I’d say a majority of the comments was really excitement to get this project going,” Trakas says. "I think everybody says it was needed yesterday. So, we know it’s important to get this project going and get it completed so you can get some traffic relief in the area.

The project manager adds that they anticipate to have the $20 million project budget out for a bid in October and Charlestonians could see groundbreaking early next year.

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