Tom Leonard, the executive director of the Trident CEO Council, recently wrote a letter to the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank (SCTIB) urging the bank to support the extension of I-526, the Mark Clark Expressway, in the Charleston region.
“Currently Johns Island has only two roads in and out, which narrow to one lane each,” Leonard wrote in his letter. “Kiawah, Seabrook and Wadmalaw use the same two roads. We strongly believe the Mark Clark Extension needs to be finished. It is a matter of when, not if. We would suggest you support the extension of the expressway; honor the current agreement between the SCTIB, the South Carolina Department of Transportation and County Council; and reinstate the $420 million committed to the project.”
With this in mind, the county will be able to provide the communities with more funding sources to investigate even more options for the area, according to the letter. This will include developing a phasing strategy for the overall project, Leonard wrote.
The Trident CEO Council is made up of company chief executives from the Charleston metro region. Collectively the group employs over 10,000 people based in local South Carolina communities. The group encourages its employees and communities to create a culture that encourages progress throughout the state.
The council uses facts and data to support important solutions that will apply to growing the Lowcountry area. It includes collaboration as a best approach for creating positive changes in the area.