Charleston County seeks public input on airport access road

Staff Report
Published Feb. 18, 2014

Charleston County plans a new direct access road to the Charleston International Airport.

The roughly 3-mile, four-lane road would run from Dorchester Road to Montague Avenue near Interstate 526. The county wants to relieve traffic congestion in the area and provide a new route to the airport for travelers and workers.

Construction of Airport Connector Road is estimated to begin in October 2015 and be completed in spring 2017.

The preliminary design process started in October and is currently underway. Engineers, surveyors, scientists and other specialists are gathering data, conducting surveys and analyzing project information.

This will enable the project team to evaluate alternative traffic measures, assess potential improvement opportunities and identify project effects on permitting, according to the county.

Information collected will include traffic data, location of roadway features, area topography, existing structures and utilities, and wetlands and storm drainage features. The surveys will also facilitate roadway design and future construction plans.

Charleston County will host a public meeting about the road March 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Goodwin Elementary School at 5501 Dorchester Road in North Charleston. The county will present its plans and hear feedback from the public and stakeholders.

The project’s website will provide information on project status, updates and future public meetings.

“The goal of the Airport Connector Road project will be to provide increased connectivity for local commuters, as well as citizens and visitors traveling directly to and from the Charleston International Airport,” according to the county.

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