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Jul 09 2009

James Island officially opposes I-526 extension

provided by the Coastal Conservation League

The James Island Town Council officially passed Resolution #2009-02 on July 7, in opposition to I-526. The full text of the opposition is listed below:

Town of James Island, SC

Extension of I-526 Across James Island

WHEREAS, the Town Council for the Town of James Island, SC has been approached by the Coastal Conservation League, Sierra Club, Charleston Green party, and Islanders for Responsible Expansion as well as other opponents of the project to oppose and object to the State, County, and Federal funding of I-526 from James Island to Savannah Highway, US 17; and

WHEREAS, numerous residents of Johns Island have expressed their desire before the Town to keep Johns Island rural and free from overdevelopment; and

WHEREAS, the Town’s legal counsel has determined that in the event the Town temporally and physically has standing to object to the project, the Town may pass a resolution with respect to the funding of the I-526 project in its currently proposed variations; and

WHEREAS, regardless of the route variation selected, any extension of I-526 onto James Island would bring a continuous flow of new Charleston-bound traffic onto the James Island Expressway, and the merging required by this new high-speed traffic would negatively affect James Islanders entering and passing beneath the Expressway; and negatively affect the already severe traffic problems within the Town on Folly Road (Highway 171) near such intersection; and

WHEREAS, the Extension of I-526 may not make it easier for James Islanders to evacuate James Island before a hurricane; and

WHEREAS, the Extension of I-526 would most likely increase development, crowding, and traffic problems on James Island; and

WHEREAS, the Extension of I-526 would increase air pollution on James Island by routing additional vehicles across the island every day; and

WHEREAS, the Extension of I-526 would seriously and irreparably harm portions of our nearby environment and wetlands; and

WHEREAS, diminution in value and enjoyment by those residents affected by noise, lighting and view shed loss, whether owners of property abutting or beneath the proposed footprints, or who recreate at the Charleston County Park, Municipal Golf Course, or upon the Stono River, appears unquestioned.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor and Town Council for the Town of James Island by a majority vote has determined that in the event standing exists;

1. That insufficient evidence has been presented to establish the project known as I-526 will significantly improve the quality of life for the residents of the Town of James Island, yet

2. The opposition is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan for the Town adopted on March 27, 2007,

3. The Federal, State and County Transportation Agencies should abandon the Extension of I-526 through, above, or over any parcel of land within the Town of James Island’s limits.

IN MEETING DULY ASSEMBLED, this 7th day of July, 2009. 526

3 comments

  1. CASEIN POINT

    Whereas the Town of James Islands allows beer ads to be nailed to palmetto trees, and unsightly ice machines in front of Town Hall along Camp Road.

    And whereas there are no higway engineers on town council.

    And whereas must of those on James Island and particularly the mayor do not have to worry about actually driving in traffic on a daily basis.

    And whereas neither the town of james island or the coastal conservation league understand or represent the needs of the majority of residence on James Island.

    May the powers that be ignore their specious aurguments and finish I-528 with all due speed.

  2. CASEIN POINT

    make that I-526

  3. CASEIN POINT

    And as far as that goes, you can’t get off James Island as it is when a rain storm runs everyone from Folly Beach at the same time.

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