The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce recently expressed its disappointment over the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank's decision to withdraw $420 million in funding that would have helped complete the Interstate 526 project.
"The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce has been a strong proponent for the completion of I-526 for many years," the Chamber statement read. "We are now left without an option to ease congestion, increase mobility and address safety issues, such as hurricane evacuation routes. We will be working with the city, county and others in trying to identify alternative road options to address these critical issues for our region."
The I-526 project would have extended the route from West Ashley to across James Island and Johns Island. The Chamber pointed out if the interstate was completed it would have decreased the amount of traffic on "virtually every major road in the Metro area, south of the Cooper River."
"Our region is now growing at an estimated 48 people per day, according to US Census estimates," Charleston Metro Chamber said in the statement. "The West Ashley, James Island, and Johns Island areas already have heavy traffic congestion and it is crucial that we find transportation solutions."