Charleston City Council meets tonight to vote on taking over the completion of I-526, a project to prevent further congestion in the heavily traveled area. Oversight of the highway extension has become a political hot potato as local and state interests disagree over its importance compared to other state infrastructure needs.
An overflow crowd is expected at today’s Charleston city council meeting. Mayor Joe Riley will ask the council to vote in favor of asking the county to turn over completion of the roadway to the city.
In the past few months, Charleston County Council opposed finishing the roadway. But that vote was reversed when the county learned it would have to pay back the more than $11 million dollars already spent on the project. This past summer, the county even asked the S.C. Department of Transportation to take over the project, but the DOT commission rejected that proposal
Now, the city of Charleston will consider taking over the I-526 completion project.
Groups both for and against completion are expected to show up for this evening’s vote.
Reported by Sheree Bernardi, affiliate WTMA in Charleston.