Clements Ferry, College Park roads get funding for widening projects

Staff Report
Published March 13, 2014

The Charleston Area Transportation Study committee granted Berkeley County $27.5 million to widen parts of Clements Ferry and College Park roads.

This funding was for transportation projects already underway. These projects are also funded by the county’s 1-cent sales tax referendum.

Plans call for roughly 3.6 miles of Clements Ferry Road to be widened from Interstate 526 to Jack Primus Road. The expansion is in preparation of increased traffic from the large, mixed-use community planned for Cainhoy Plantation.

The development has been contentious among environmentalists, long-time residents and preservationists. It has received zoning and planning approvals from the city of Charleston.

The Clements Ferry Road widening is now in the final design stage. The $122.2 million road improvement plan calls for two travel lanes in each direction, as well as a center turn lane. A multipurpose trail will be located on one side of the roadway.

As for the College Park Road, plans calls for the widening of 2.3 miles from the existing five-lane section to U.S. 17. The road will include five-lanes with bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

The Berkeley County Engineering Department is preparing right-of-way documents to be distributed to affected property owners.

The intersection of Myers Road and Highway 17 will be relocated and signalized. Semester Lane, Wide Awake Circle and Adam Austin Avenue will have road improvements as well.

Berkeley County voters approved a 1-cent sales tax referendum in 2008 to finance highways, roads, bridges, drainage facilities and other transportation-related project facilities. The seven-year tax has collected $67.4 million as of April 2013.

“Berkeley County met the requirements for funding because we had eligible projects already in progress ... The additional $27.5 million would not have been possible without the confidence of our voters and support of our ambitious staff to initiate the promised road improvements,” Berkeley County Supervisor Dan Davis said in a news release.

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