After the passions and positions were done at last week’s County Council meeting, two things are clear.
1) If you leave I-526 off of the list of “Choke Point Road Improvements,” the half cent referendum will fail and the citizens of Charleston County will be furious.
2) If you put the entire $700 million plus for the I-526 connector on the ballot (all or nothing), the half cent referendum will fail and the citizens of Charleston County will be furious.
There is one acceptable solution: Simply put the “Johns Island Connector” on the list. It would go from Citadel Mall across the Stono River and tie into Maybank Highway on Johns Island.
That simple solution would relieve traffic on Savannah Highway and Folly Road and give folks on Johns Island a straight shot to North Charleston, the airport, Boeing, Daniel Island, Summerville, etc.
We do not need two new bridges; we already own most of the right of way. It is affordable, and the funding could come from the half-cent tax, the State Infrastructure Bank, the State of South Carolina or an appropriate lawsuit.