DOT meet scheduled for Main Road flood commuters

Traffic crawled over the Stono Bridge as flooding closed off Main Road on Sept. 2.

JOHNS ISLAND — Residents put out by the Main Road flooding last week get a chance Friday to hear and speak to state road officials in charge of fixing it.

A meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Lovely Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 670 Bear Swamp Road, where it intersects with Bees Ferry Road near the flooding site. The meeting was requested by state Rep. Kenneth Hodges, D-Green Pond, who represents a portion of the Sea Islands.

Hodges said people in the area were confused about what to do when Main Road flooded out near Limehouse Bridge, one of only two bridges between the mainland for Wadmalaw, Johns Island, Seabrook and Kiawah island resorts. Delays were hours long, and raised concerns about the road as a hurricane evacuation route.

“We want to hear from (people who impacted) and see what the S.C. Department of Transportation has to offer, and also want to address signage and notification (improvements),” Hodges said. He called the incident a major disruption and inconvenience.

Floodwaters overflowed the road after a record rainfall and unusually high tides. Thousands of commuters to and from the Sea Islands south of Charleston crawled through a single, one-way lane on Main Road or sat in traffic on the overwhelmed Maybank Highway on Johns Island.

Dave Monday contributed to this story.

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