Provided by Sam Reed
Although you might not know it from reading the Post and Courier, a huge step forward was accomplished recently for Johns Island road safety. On September 1, the Charleston County Council, approved the study of a “Sea Island Greenway” by a vote of 8 to 1. The study could determine a proposed route, the environmental impacts, and consideration of financing for the design and build of such a roadway. Only Councilman Dickie Schweers of McClellanville voted against the proposal.
The Council also authorized improvements to Maybank Highway, work on engineering for work on several Johns Island intersections, and a study on the possibility of widening Bohicket and Main roads instead of building a new “Greenway”.
Mayor McNulty, POA board member Jim Bannwart, Town Councilman Bill Holtz, and Seabrook Roads Committee members Gene Danielson and Sam Reed also attended the Council meeting. McNulty and Reed expressed appreciation to the Council for its forward step.
Mayor Bill Wert, Town Councilman Al Burnaford, and Community Association Chair Paul Roberts of Kiawah also attended and thanked Council for its action.
County Council acknowledged that a traffic safety issue exists on Johns Island roads, and expressed a need to do something about it sooner rather than later.
County Councilman Vic Rawl, a property owner on Johns Island, mentioned the need to evaluate the value of a human life versus the value of a tree. A few citizens spoke, mostly in favor of the plan, but some were not so sure, including Seabrook resident Harry Polychron, who thinks building a new road is a waste of money. He does propose, however, that the roads at Kiawah be opened to the public, and then build a bridge from Kiawah to Folly Beach.