Summey: New major roadway to ease N. Charleston traffic

Published: Apr. 26, 2013 at 9:23 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 26, 2013 at 11:14 PM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County Council is working to decrease traffic congestion in North Charleston by creating a new major roadway, and it won't cause your taxes to go up.

Councilman Elliott Summey says the idea is to construct a road with several overpasses that connects South Aviation Avenue from International Boulevard to Palmetto Commerce Parkway at Ashley Phosphate Road.

"Everyone knows how bad I-526 and the I-26 interchange is," said Summey. "It's a nightmare when there's not a wreck. It's a nightmare when it's not raining or bad weather."

"When there is a wreck and there is bad weather, oh boy. It seems like the whole system from Summerville to Charleston just completely fails," said the Charleston County Councilman.

The new road is projected to help relieve traffic problems on Rivers Avenue and on Dorchester Road.

This $80 million project is part of the Boeing incentive.

Summey says the tax revenues the county receives from Boeing will be reinvested into the community.

"Boeing created something good in this community," said Summey. "The local government is stepping up to finish the story, to make sure that the infrastructure story is done right so people aren't adversely affected by it."

Summey says it could reroute 50,000 vehicles from the I-26/I-526 interchange while also creating a new hurricane evacuation route.

The project is in its unofficial design phase, and could take up to 18 months just to get the permits in order. Summey says he hopes the project will only take three years to complete.

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