MOUNT PLEASANT — The new Johnnie Dodds Boulevard overpass at Bowman Road is scheduled to open Sunday morning, Charleston County officials said today.

The area has been a sea of orange traffic cones as work progressed on the county Roadwise program to widen the boulevard from four lanes to six lanes.

“The team has worked hard to make it to this stage in the project after only eight months,” said County Council Chairman Chairman Teddie Pryor.

The county is widening the boulevard for three miles starting at the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.

“The opening of this flyover will alleviate the rush-hour congestion that has existed for years at Johnnie Dodds and Bowman Roads. It is a great milestone for this project,” said Mayor Billy Swails.

Final preparation for traffic to shift to the new overpass will begin Saturday night. The new overpass will be open by 9 a.m. Sunday. During construction, boulevard traffic was re-routed around the overpass onto frontage roads.

The town is also working to widen the boulevard from four to six lanes from the Isle of Palms Connector to Darrell Creek Trail.

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