For close to 30 years I have looked at the ramp to nowhere at Folly Road and the end of the James Island Connector, all the while hoping that I would soon be heading onto I-526 from there. I am still waiting and hoping.

Do the powers that be not understand that if 526 is completed, those of us from James Island, Johns Island, Folly Beach and even Kiawah, Seabrook and Wadmalaw islands would not have to travel Maybank and Folly roads and the James Island Connector through downtown on the Crosstown and up the section of I-26 that they are proposing to widen?

If they were to complete I-526 first (at less than the cost of widening the section of I-26 south of I-526), they might find they don’t yet need to widen it. We would not have to take that route to the airport, Tanger Outlets, the coliseum and Performing Arts Center, or other points south of the intersection of I-526 and I-26. Even Citadel Mall and West Ashley would prosper since we wouldn’t have to go down Savannah Highway to reach them. Citizens of Johns Island, Seabrook and Kiawah islands would not have to depend on the often flooded Main Road and Savannah Highway to I-526.

Many of us on James Island are citizens of the City of Charleston and would love to see our mayor step up to the plate and deliver on his promise to get I-526 completed. We need to complete I-526, and I am afraid the next major storm will prove it (and it may be too late).

Betty Sandifer

Parrot Creek Way

Charleston