A proposal to slice $15 million from the Maybank Highway improvement project was approved Tuesday night at a meeting of Charleston County Council.
As part of the vote, Council decided to recommend spending $6.5 million of the federal dollars on improvements to the intersection of Folly and Camp roads, which doubles the budget for the project.
Council made no immediate recommendation on how the remaining $8.5 million should be spent.
The Council decision requires the backing of the Charleston Area Transportation Study because it involves revising the area spending plan for federal road dollars.
The vote was 6-2. Colleen Condon, Henry Darby, Joe Qualey, Herb Sass, Dickie Schweers and Elliott Summey were in favor. Vic Rawl and Teddie Pryor voted no. Anna Johnson abstained.
Without the federal dollars, the Maybank project will have $15 million in county funding. The county transportation staff recommended the funding changes.
The long-awaited Folly and Camp project includes new designated turn lanes, four-foot-wide bicycle lanes, five-foot-wide sidewalks and upgraded stoplights including pedestrian signals. It currently has $6.5 million in county funding.
A scaled-backed Maybank makeover proposal includes repaving the vital Johns Island artery from Bohicket and Main roads to River Road. Four-foot-wide bike lanes would be added. From River Road to the Stono River Bridge, parallel lanes on either side of Maybank, a so-called "pitchfork" design, would provide two new connections for Maybank and River Road. And a second inbound lane from the Stono River Bridge to Johns Island is under consideration.
Shifting of the funds is recommended because design elements of the Maybank Highway project are problematic for federal funding, officials said.
The vote came after more than an hour of debate on the issue. Other options discussed included moving $6.5 million in county funds from Maybank Highway to Folly and Camp roads. That proposal never came to a vote. Council members also discussed deferring the vote.