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Median lined trees debate continues

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Monday both  Congressman Mark Sanford and Arthur Ravenel are expected to argue cases to keep a strip of trees in place. 

The DOT announced they would clear the median and put up a center guard rail along I26 between I95 and Summerville to cut down on wrecks along the busy stretch.  Between 2007 and 2011 there were almost 2,000 crashes on that section of the interstate causing 44 deaths and 709 injuries.

Earlier this year,  a spokesman for the Coastal Conservation League asked the governor to stop the DOT.

"Since the vast majority of crashes along this stretch of I-26 are due to irresponsible driver behavior, it is clear that drivers are the problem and not the trees," Jake Libaire explained.  "We think cheaper and more focused alternatives to solving the safety problem need to be publicly considered by SCDOT."

Monday, Sanford and Ravenel will present their cases to the Council of Governments, along with a representative from the SCDOT.

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