Taking into consideration the continuing growth of the Charleston area, coupled with the increasing congestion on Highway 61 and Interstate 26, members of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce have been vocal about their opinion that the completion of the Glenn McConnell Parkway is one of the region's most pressing infrastructure needs.
The Parkway crosses U.S. Highway 17A and ends at Interstate-26.
To show its support of this project, the chamber has formed the Infrastructure Visioning Task Force, which has met with elected officials in Charleston County, Dorchester County, the City of Charleston and property owners in the area to advocate for the completion of the project.
One of the most important reasons the chamber backs the project's completion is that chamber officials feel the extension would provide a safe evacuation route for residents in case of a natural disaster.
"We view the Glenn McConnell extension as an alternative transportation option," a release from the chamber said. "Light rail, which would cost nearly $70 million per mile, is simply not realistic for our region. While the chamber agrees that alternative transportation options are a worthwhile investment, in order for these options to be feasible, the community has to have an appropriate population and accompanying densities in order to support the transportation opportunities."