Folly/Camp Roads improvement project breaks ground

Published: Mar. 18, 2016 at 9:59 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 18, 2016 at 10:22 PM EDT
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Folly and Camp Road intersection (Source: Live 5)
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Aerial view of construction (Source: Charleston County)
Aerial view of construction (Source: Charleston County)
Aerial view of construction at Folly and Camp Roads intersection (Source: Charleston County)
Aerial view of construction at Folly and Camp Roads intersection (Source: Charleston County)

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Drivers on James Island are receiving major help when it comes to the traffic congestion along Folly Road.

Friday Charleston County and James Island Town officials broke ground on a $14.4 million improvement project to Folly Road and Camp Road.

On average 35,000 vehicles drive through major intersection daily.

"I've lived here for 27 years, and I've seen dramatic changes," said Toby Horn, of James Island.

"Some of the things we're trying to alleviate at that intersection are the traffic jams," added Charleston County project manager, Cal Oyer.

The project has been on the table since 2008, following voters approval for a half-cent transportation sales tax referendum in 2006.

This intersection was one of many projects the money will be used for.

"I've been saying prayers about this intersection for about ten years, and they've finally come to fruition," said County Councilman Joseph Qualey at the groundbreaking Friday.

Additional turning lanes will be added to Folly and Camp Roads.

The plan also lines up the Eugene Gibbs Street and River Point Row intersection that is currently off center.

"I think this is a busy area and it's going to get busier with the number of people who have been moving into the area," said Georgie Rock, of James Island.

Folly Road will also be widened to make room for bicycle lanes.

"People need different ways of getting to wherever they're going other than traveling by vehicle," Rock said.

Come Sunday night the intersection at Folly and Camp Roads is going to begin a major overhaul in phase one of this project. It's finally going to be re-paved.

"The thing I hear most from my residents, their complaints, is the bad shape of the intersection right now," said James Island Mayor Bill Woolsey. "It will be re-paved soon, in the next week, that's just wonderful."

"I've called so many times for pavement to be refinished," Rock said. "I think they came out here one little time and did some work on it, but it really needs to be done."

Another major improvement, the drainage. Mayor Woolsey said the intersection is often underwater after a heavy rain.

"The current drainage system just isn't large enough to get all the water out of the system in a timely fashion," Oyer said.

Construction will begin Sunday and will include nighttime lane closures. A majority of the work will take place at night. County officials said no lanes will be closed during the day.

Road work will scale back temporarily in April as utility work continues around the Folly and Camp intersection.

The entire project is expected to take a year and a half to finish.

This will be the third major improvement project on James Island under construction right now.

Currently Charleston County is working on widening Harbor View Road, as well as repaving some areas long Fort Johnson Road.

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