NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)- An informal meeting is set for tonight to discuss widening parts of I-526.
Community members will have the opportunity to join officials from the South Carolina Department of Transportation and the city to get all their questions answered about this proposal.
The 526 Lowcountry Corridor is described as a vital link in the Lowcountry economy, “The 526 Lowcountry Corridor connects port terminals to distribution centers, enhances local and statewide commerce and industry, and provides community connections for workforce mobility. A virtual lifeline, I-526 also includes three major river crossings to facilitate hurricane evacuation throughout the region”.
The purpose of the widening project is to improve mobility and safety while addressing existing and future traffic demands and congestion along I-526 and it’s intersecting roadways. Those roadways include Rivers Avenue, I-26, International Boulevard, Montague Avenue, Dorchester Road, Leeds Avenue, and Paul Cantrell Boulevard.
The SCDOT does plan on conducting an environmental assessment before decisions are made. It will be made available to the public after it’s approved by the Federal Highway Administration.
That meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Felix Davis Community Center in North Charleston.