Locals weigh-in on Charleston County’s plan to tackle Main Road traffic congestion

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JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) – Traffic relief is in the works for Johns Island and West Ashley.

Monday night, the public voiced their opinion about Charleston County’s preliminary design plans for the Main Road Corridor project at a meeting at Saint John’s High School.

Many locals at the meeting say they’re tired of fighting traffic on their commutes and have been waiting a long time for road improvements.

“We’re Frustrated,” Millicent Middleton, Wadmalaw resident, said.

Locals share concerns over traffic congestion along the Main Road Corridor as they look through Charleston County’s preliminary design plans for improving the road stretching from Bees Ferry in West Ashely to River Road on John’s Island.

“Everybody is sick and tired of waiting in the traffic just to even go to work or come home,” Millicent Middleton, Wadmalaw resident, said.

The cafeteria at Saint John’s High School was packed with locals saying that they’ve been waiting a long time for these road improvements.

“It should have been thirty years ago, and I don’t see anybody putting a hold on growth, but you can’t have one without the other. It’s a major safety problem,” Ronald Mattioli, Johns Island resident, said.

The project manager for Charleston County says that they are looking multiple project designs that will bring relief to this highly congested area.

“The purpose of the project is to improve congestion at the intersection as well as improve traffic flow along Main Road. We are also going to connect the West Ashley Greenway to the Bees Ferry multi-use path and provide a multi-use path along the project limits,” Devri Detoma, Project Manager for Charleston County said.

She says the County has seven preliminary designs for improving the intersection at U.S. 17 and Main Road, widening Main Road, and intersection alternatives for River and Chisolm Road on John’s Island.

“We have these seven alternatives based on current traffic needs. So, so far, we have just looked at would these seven alternatives fit the traffic for today,” Devri Detoma, Project Manager for Charleston County said.

Charleston County says that the plans presented tonight only pertain to Segment A of a three-segment approach for the Main Road Corridor project.

Segment A will cost upwards of $90 million. County officials said the project likely won’t begin until sometime in 2022.

To view Charleston County’s proposed improvements and preliminary designs for the Main Road Corridor, click here.

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