I-526 takes tourists to the beach, and most locals to and from work. Five public input meetings are now over, but the debate continues on plans for the popular stretch of Lowcountry highway.
The public input is still open and we’re still looking for comment. So, even though the meetings are over we are still looking for the public to provide input between now and September 30.
Project Manager David Kinard says after the five public hearings, with much opposition to a plan that would extend I-526 from West Ashley to James and Johns Islands, many are still opposed to the plan.
The project is causing opposition because some say the $489 million used to fund the expansion could be used to expand the stretch of I-26 to I-95, helping ease the flow of traffic during a hurricane evacuation. Kinard says bad or good, he wants input.
Every comment is the same. I’m looking for all comments across the board, whether it was a verbal comment or a written comment. Whether it was a comment that came in last week or a comment that came in this week or next week, we’re going to look at all the comments.
The Department of Transportation still wants input from the community until September 30. Kinard makes one more plea:
I know that there are people who didn’t come out to the public hearings that still want to make comments. That’s why I want to encourage everyone, no matter what your position on the project is, no matter what your concerns are, please put it down in writing. Get on the website, send in a comment on the website so that we know what the issues are because we are going to be going back out to elected officials.
To make a comment, visit the website.