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Lee Ellen King has lived in the Summerville area since the 70's.

She spent Thursday morning walking her dog around her neighborhood, Ashborough, in Summerville, "It's a nice quiet neighborhood with always enjoyed the neighborhood and the good neighbors are wonderful."

But she says Summerville's popularity is causing a problem, "traffic has gotten much, much worse. The traffic is horrendous in Summerville."

In order to solve some of those traffic problems, one percent sales tax money is being used to pay for a number of major road projects.

Dorchester road from Trolley all the way to Highway 17-A is being widened. The work started in 2011, and is on track to be complete by November of this year.

The Bacons Bridge Road project will be similar to the  Dorchester Work. It began this year, and they expect to have it completed by September 2015.

And Parlor road near the Walmart on Dorchester will eventually connect to Ladson Road. That project is now in its second phase.

Crews are doing most of their work at night, to try and keep all lanes open during the day.

Lee Ellen says it's hard seeing her town grow up so fast, "It's just that Summerville's a nice sleepy little town and I liked it that way and I'm not a big city person."

These projects are some of many projects funded in part by sales taxes in the tri-county. To see more specifics about how your tax dollars are being spent on roads, visit the websites below:

 www.dorchesterroadstax.org

www.berkeleycountysc.gov/dept/engineering/onecent.asp

 roads.charlestoncounty.org

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