The South Carolina Department of Transportation would not extend Interstate 526 over the objections of Charleston County, an SCDOT spokesman said today.
Some county officials had warned Thursday, while voting on the fate of the highway plan, that if the county tried to unilaterally block the road work the state could proceed anyway, and then send the county a large bill.
County Council Vice Chairman Elliott Summey told members of council and a large audience that "the state could continue to build the road without our consent, and Charleston County taxpayers could be on the hook."
The SCDOT appears to have now ruled out that possibility.
"SCDOT would not move forward with the I-526 Extension without Charleston County's approval, as we are an agent for the County on this project," department spokesman Peter Poore said.
County Council voted unanimously Thursday against the state's plan to complete I-526 and decided to again ask the state to consider different road improvements in the county.
Questions still remain about whether Charleston County could be forced to repay nearly $12 million from the State Infrastructure Bank that's already been spent on the I-526 project.
Read more later at postandcourier.com and also in tomorrow's newspaper.