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Jul 09 2009

Island-wide 526 information meeting

Attend a presentation on July 15 at 4pm at the Kiawah Sandcastle and find out what the choices are for the I-526 Extention.

Discussion about the I-526 Extension has been going on for what seems like decades. The longer it’s talked about, the more complex the issue becomes. Thirty-six alternate routes were considered by the SC Department of Transportation, its consultants Wilbur-Smith and the Corps of Engineers.
Those have been narrowed down to the following alternatives:

1) Alternative 1: Extends from the existing interchange at 1-526/US 17, across the Stono River, to intersect Maybank Highway on Johns Island and then across to James Island to end at the existing James Island Connector/Folly Road interchange. It will use 14.1 acres of wetlands and require 7 business/residential relocations.

2) Alternative 8: Extends from the existing interchange at I-526/US 17, across the Stono River, to intersect Maybank Highway on Johns Island and then across to James Island to end at the existing James Island Connector/Folly Road interchange. It will use 6.8 acres of wetlands and require 39 business/residential relocations.

3) Alternative 10: Extends from the existing interchange at I-526/US 17, across the Stono River, to intersect Maybank Highway on Johns Island and then across to James Island to end at the existing James Island Connector/Folly Road interchange. It will use 6.6 acres of wetlands and require 28 business/residential relocations.

4) Alternative 11: Follows the alignment of alternative 15 from I-526/US 17 to the James Island Connector. This alternative provides two spurs on Johns Island, 11a and 11b. These partial interchanges are located at Maybank Highway and River Road north of Maybank Highway (11a) and/or River Road south of Maybank Highway (11b). It will use 26.4 acres of wetlands and require 18 business/residential relocations.

5) Alternative 11a: Follows the alignment of alternative 15 from I-526/US 17 to the James Island Connector. This alternative provides a partial interchange at Maybank Highway and River Road north of Maybank Highway. It will use 21.7 acres of wetlands and require 15 business/residential relocations.

6) Alternative 36: Is a combination of alternatives 11 and 18. It follows the mainline of alternative 18 as a parkway concept. It has an interchange ramp north of Maybank Highway at River Road and one at grade intersection south of Maybank at River Road. It will use 7.1 acres of wetlands and require 13 business/residential relocations.

7) Alternative 25 (mass transit)

8) Transportation System Management

9) No-Build

Public hearings were held this spring so anyone interested could attend, view all the alternatives and have a representative from each of the firms answer questions and comments on a one-on-one basis.

KPOG thought bringing the display boards and people to Kiawah for this same kind of personal presentation would give everyone on the Sea Islands an opportunity to learn more about the different choices and be able to have his/her questions answered by an expert.

Join SCDOT Project Manager David Kinard; Karen Hadley from consultants Wilbur-Smith; Dr. Richard Darden, Project Manager, and an SCDOT Liaison from the Corps of Engineers on July 15 at 4pm at the Sandcastle on Kiawah as they discuss the Alternate Routes, explain why they were selected and answer questions from the audience.

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