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I-526 resolution still out of reach

Charleston County, SCDOT trade barbs over plan David Slade The nearly half-billion-dollar game of cat-and-mouse over plans to extend or complete the Mark Clark Expressway continued last week, with little progress resolving the months-long impasse between Charleston County and the … Continue reading

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Commentary: The future was Tuesday: Port traffic a mere preview

“Making predictions is very difficult, especially about the future.” – Yogi Berra Yogi Berra was right most of the time. But Tuesday’s massive traffic jam provided a preview of a future that is not difficult to predict. Apparently, a three-day … Continue reading

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I-526 expansion still not settled: Property owners seek decision as state waits on county

With plans to complete the Mark Clark Expressway still unsettled, an increasing number of property owners in the potential path of the road are anxious for the state to either buy their land or make a firm decision to abandon … Continue reading

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Speaking of Politics, including I-526

If all that money is spent on an unpopular project, I wonder what will be the status of the infrastructure bank to make much-needed improvements to crucial interchanges (some of which might help alleviate West Ashley traffic problems) and parts … Continue reading

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Objections to I-526 expansion increasing

EPA recommends denial of project permit for now The line of government agencies opposed to building the Mark Clark Expressway across the islands is growing.

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County Council holds key to I-526 Beltway

Although I didn’t attend any of the meetings myself, the recent public hearings put on by the Department of Transportation pertaining to the completion of the I-526 Beltway were apparently notable for overwhelming opposition to the project. Somebody I spoke … Continue reading

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Try Rail Instead

The S.C. Department of Transportation’s I-526 proposal is an irresponsible waste of taxpayers’ money. The project funding is $420 million, but the current cost estimate is $489 million. Where is that $69 million plus going to come from? The half-cent … Continue reading

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Back to the drawing board

The state Department of Transportation thought it had a winning plan for the completion of I-526, but it might as well think again. The public repudiated the proposal almost as one during the five public hearings on the proposal during … Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor: I-526 expansion

The I-526 expansion is not necessary. To build another bridge to James Island from Johns Island when a practically new one is a short distance away is unnecessary and wasteful. Not to mention destructive to the environment and character of … Continue reading

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I-526 expansion: Hundreds stand in silent protest at James Island meeting

At a meeting at James Island Charter High School about the plans to extend I-526 to connect James and Johns islands to the rest of the 526 loop, some 400 people stood in silent protest to the road’s completion. The Post … Continue reading

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