Published Sept. 6, 2011
The S.C. Department of Transportation is asking the thousands of drivers and passengers who travel daily along the Mark Clark Expressway for ideas on solving traffic congestion problems.
|Commuters travel down Interstate 26 in North Charleston. (Photo/File)|
“The I-526 corridor between Rivers Avenue in North Charleston and U.S. 17 in West Ashley is one of the State’s busiest corridors, and local growth in the area, due in part to expansions by Boeing, the international airport, and the S.C. State Ports Authority, are going to make it busier,” the S.C. Department of Transportation said in a news release.
A meeting, scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 at North Charleston City Hall, includes a 15-minute presentation with an overview of the study. A discussion will follow where attendees can have one-on-one discussions with the I-526 Corridor Analysis team to share ideas.
The study will consider how to deal with existing and future congestion issues in the Charleston area, including options such as travel demand management strategies, opportunities for shifting traffic to other modes of travel, low-cost traffic operations improvements and capacity improvement projects.
The public meeting is one of the next steps in collecting information for the study. Daily and peak-hour traffic counts have been taken as the first part of data collection, and origin-destination studies are being used to understand where drivers are traveling in and out of the study corridor.
DOT has hired a team of engineers led by Stantec Consulting Inc. in North Charleston to study the I-526 Corridor and develop a menu of options for addressing congestion at different funding levels.