A proposal to slice $15 million in federal funds from the Maybank Highway improvement project is still alive, but it faces another test Tuesday night when it goes before Charleston County Council.
On Thursday night, the Council Finance Committee voted 4-3 in favor of reallocating the Maybank funds to other road work, including $6.5 million for an upgrade to the intersection of Folly and Camp roads.
Council Chairman Teddie Pryor cast the tie-breaking ballot at the Finance meeting.
"It's a nightmare over there," Pryor said of the James Island intersection.
Which road projects will be beneficiaries of the remaining $8.5 million in Maybank money has not been decided.
The Finance Committee is comprised of all council members. Voting for shifting funds from the Maybank project to other roads were Pryor, Joe Qualey, Dickie Schweers and Herb Sass. Voting no were Anna Johnson, Elliott Summey and Vic Rawl. Colleen Condon and Henry Darby were absent, said county spokesman Sean Smetana.
Pryor said he would review the proposal very carefully to ensure that it benefits taxpayers.
Even with the cut, Maybank would still 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.
The shifting of road money is recommended because the county wants to put dollars where they can be most effective. Pryor said sending the $15 million from the Maybank project to other road work avoids losing the money altogether.
Reach Prentiss Findlay at 937-5711.