Monthly Archives: September 2010

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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Letter to the Editor: Ignoring problem

The plan to build the I-526 extension with a 45 mph speed limit, apparently hatched to make an expressway through pristine marshland seem more environmentally friendly, is as impractical today as the toll road that was proposed years earlier.

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Letter to the Editor: I-526 extension

About 33 years ago the I-526 extension to James Island was plotted through a section of Oakland Subdivision. At the time that section of Oakland Subdivision was mostly swamp and river marsh. The S.C. Highway Department should have identified that … Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor: Road Priorities

It is truly baffling that in the year 2010 such a sophisticated region is considering the expansion of a highway that was designed nearly 40 years ago. With a price tag of half a billion dollars, our region could be … Continue reading

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Commuter rail could work here if folks will get on board

Dana Beach says it’s time for Charleston to decide what it wants to be when it grows up. The Coastal Conservation League executive director says the community needs to quit throwing up roads with the promise that you’ll get from … Continue reading

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