Survey results from a regional consulting firm recently revealed that 61 percent of Charleston County voters support the completion of Interstate 526, with 41 percent of respondents judging traffic congestion to be the jurisdiction’s chief challenge.
Columbia-based First Tuesday Strategies revealed the results based on 301 surveys, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce said. The Charleston County Voter Poll was conducted June 20-21. Those in favor of the highway project said they favor the expansion of the thoroughfare from its current West Ashley terminus to extend to the James Island Connector.
"The completion of I-526 has been a top priority for our chamber for more than 30 years," Bryan Derreberry, chamber president and CEO, said. “Today, there are 48 new people being added to our region's population every day. Traffic congestion on James Island, Johns Island and West Ashley has gotten significantly worse in the past few years. There is no other project that will do more to alleviate congestion in this area than completion of I-526.”
If the road is constructed, traffic volume is expected to diminish significantly on all major corridors south of the Cooper River based on an evaluation performed by the Environmental Impact Study Team.
"The completion of I-526 is paramount as we strive to improve the quality of life for residents and businesses throughout the Charleston Metro region,” Derreberry said in a statement. “We urge residents and businesses of Charleston County to contact your County Council representative today to let them know you support the completion of I-526."