A majority of Charleston County Council members said they are inclined to vote against completing Interstate 526 across Johns and James islands.
The state Department of Transportation commission last week voted unanimously against taking on the project, effectively tossing it back to County Council. At least five of the nine members said they are inclined to vote against it.
But powerful project supporters, such as House Speaker Bobby Harrell and Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, continue to push for the $558 million road project. Both of them said they think it’s possible that some council members would reconsider their decisions in the coming weeks.
Council Chairman Teddie Pryor said he has asked staffers to prepare a report on the county’s options for Interstate 526, and to present it to council within 45 days.
Pryor is one of only three council members who said they continue to support a parkway-style design for the extension of Interstate 526, so the road forms a loop around the Charleston area. Five members, which constitutes a majority, said they likely would vote against it if the project again comes to them for a vote. And one member said she remains undecided.
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