Riley wants city to take over completion of I-526
Charleston Mayor Joe Riley says he wants the city to take over the completion of Interstate 526 across Johns and James islands, and he thinks the majority of City Council members would vote in favor of it.
Riley said today that he plans to ask City Council on Nov. 13 to consider passing a resolution to request that Charleston County turn over the controversial project to the city.
He also said he sent letters to all city and county council members today, telling them about his plan.
Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie Pryor said Riley contacted him to discuss the possibility of the city taking over the road project. But at least five of the nine County Council members would have to vote in favor of it, Pryor said.
Now five County Council members have said they are inclined to vote against the state Department of Transportationís parkway plan for the road. Three members support the project and one has said she is undecided.
Pryor said County Council would consider alternatives at a Dec. 13 meeting.
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