Public comment sought on Main Road overpass

Public comment sought on Main Road overpass
May 20 19:31 2019 Print This Article

Hundreds turned out Monday at St. Johns High School to see the seven design options for the $195 million Main Road overpass project to reduce traffic between West Ashley and Johns Island. More than 27,000 vehicles travel the road each day. The gridlock at the intersection of Main Road and Savannah Highway can often add 15 minutes or more to commuting time.

The Main Road overpass project will add lanes in both directions from Bees Ferry Road in West Ashley to River Road on Johns Island. Construction on that leg is scheduled to begin in 2022 and is expected to take three years to complete. The public comment period for the “Segment A” leg designs is open now at MainRoadCorridor.com, and is expected to last 30 days. The comment form is open-ended, and respondents can integrate elements from the seven design options in their comments. The 15-mile project will eventually terminate at Betsy Kerrison Boulevard near the entrance to Kiawah and Seabrook islands.

The objectives for the $195 million project are to improve traffic flow and drainage along the 15-mile route and possibly add bicycle and pedestrian paths. After Charleston County transportation officials process the public input during the next 30 days, a second round of comments is expected to take place in February, 2020. The project is funded by the 0.5% transportation sales tax approved by Charleston County voters in 2016.