Five public meetings will be held in the coming weeks to explain and discuss the plan for completing the Mark Clark Expressway.

All of the meetings will begin with an open house at 5 p.m. followed by a presentation with an opportunity for comments at 6 p.m. The meetings will be held:

--Aug. 31 and Sept. 2 at Burke High School, 244 President St., in downtown Charleston.

--Sept. 7 at West Ashley High School, 4060 West Wildcat Blvd.

--Sept. 8 at James Island Charter High School, 1000 Fort Johnson Road.

--Sept. 9 at St. John's High School, 1518 Main Road, Johns Island.

Copies of the draft environmental impact statement are available for public review at the following locations: Department of Transportation District 6 Office; Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments office; Charleston County Department of Transportation Development; and four Charleston County Public Library branches, including the main branch in downtown Charleston and those on Johns Island, James Island and in West Ashley.

Comments on the plan also can be submitted by clicking "Contact Us" on the project website,, by calling the project hot line at 888-MCE-I526, or by mail to SCDOT at P.O. Box 191, Columbia, S.C. 29202-0191.

The two-month public comment period ends Sept. 30.