SUMMERVILLE - The controversial proposed cutting of Interstate 26 median trees will be up for a Town Council vote of support Wednesday.

The S.C. Department of Transportation proposes to cut down trees in the median for 23 miles of the 30 miles of interstate between Summerville and Interstate 95, in response to a number of fatal wrecks along the stretch. Seven miles of median with wetlands and trees would not be affected.

The unusually long run of trees is considered by many to be a signature of the Lowcountry, and keeping the trees has wide popular support. In December, a committee of the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments voted 4-2 to recommend approval of the $5 million project.

A public hearing on the proposal is planned for sometime this month before the measure goes to the full COG board for consideration. That vote will decide whether the project goes ahead.

The Summerville council meeting takes place 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall complex, 200 S. Main St.