The ride from Summerville to Moncks Corner is now a little easier for motorists.

Berkeley County officials gathered at Calvary Baptist Church in Moncks Corner on Monday to hail the completion of the widening of the nine-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 17A that connects the two growing towns.

"This is one of many steps we are taking to ensure the roads are safer and more reliable not only for us, but for our children and our children's children," said Berkeley County Supervisor Dan Davis.

The project, which expanded the road to two lanes in each direction, was one of the first projects to begin construction after voters passed a 1 percent sales tax referendum in 2008, according to county officials.

The tax is set to end in May 2015, but county officials have said they want to ask voters in November to renew it for another six years.

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