Council authorizes research on funds to improve busy Hwy 17 intersection

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County Council voted Tuesday night on a motion calling for staff to research funding options for an estimated $3.5 million improvement project to the Savannah Highway and Main Road intersection.

The vote comes after a Planning and Public Works Committee passed a motion last week to get the wheels rolling on funding for the intersection improvement project.

Funding options will be presented to County Council within 30 days.

According to a presentation created by the South Carolina Department of Transportation, the estimated cost of the project is $3.5 million, with $2 million coming from federal safety funds. The proposed funding options will make up the additional $1.5 million.

The improvement project suggests widening roads to make for additional lanes at the intersections of Savannah Hwy and Main Rd., and Main Rd. at Old Charleston Rd. The presentation also suggests the construction of a 'superstreet'.

The SCDOT Highway Safety Office says the superstreet will provide safety improvements and reduce traffic delay times while expediting the project completion and cutting down costs.

From 2003 to 2011, 359 accidents were reported at the intersection of Hwy. 17 and Main Rd, according to the SCDOT. Another 105 accidents occurred at the intersection of Main Rd. and Old Charleston Rd.

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