Council approves funding for road projects

Published: Jun. 5, 2013 at 3:12 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 5, 2013 at 12:08 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County Council approved financial backing Tuesday night for several road projects that will help with traffic tie-ups across the area.

Richard Turner, the project manager with Charleston County's Transportation Development Department, shared a tentative timeline for four construction projects.

According to him, widening of the Isle of Palms Connector could be finished  before the end of next May.

Turner also said work should begin within the year on Highway 61 at the Sam Rittenberg intersection and on  the James Island Connector at Calhoun Street and Courtenay Drive.

The final project will add a bike lane to the Ashley River Bridge, which according to Turner could  be up and running within 12-18 months.

In an effort to speed up completion of the projects, council members agreed to use bond funds now and reimburse that money with allocation funding as it becomes available over the coming years.

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