Answers to Frequently Asked Questions during Formal Comment Period
Asked and Answered: Responses to Common Questions during the I-526 LCC WEST Formal Comment Period ending January 31, 2020
You've Asked. We've Answered. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
Thank you for your interest in the I-526 Lowcountry Corridor WEST (I-526 LCC WEST). As you know, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is proposing to make improvements to the I-526 LCC WEST between Paul Cantrell Boulevard in West Ashley and Virginia Avenue in North Charleston. The I-526 LCC WEST project also proposes upgrades to five interchanges along I-526: the I-526 at Paul Cantrell Boulevard interchange; the I-26/I-526 system-to-system interchange; the I-526 at Rivers Avenue interchange; the I-526 at North Rhett Avenue interchange; and the I-526 at Virginia Avenue interchange. The purpose of the I-526 LCC WEST project is to increase capacity and improve operations at the I-26/I-526 interchange and along the mainline from Paul Cantrell Boulevard to Virginia Avenue.
At the public information meeting November 21, 2019, several project alternatives were recommended as reasonable and advanced for further study. These include one (1) reasonable alternative for the I-526 mainline widening; one (1) for the I-526 at Paul Cantrell Boulevard interchange; four (4) for the I-526/I-26 Interchange, including two (2) variations for the I-526 at Rivers Avenue interchange; and two (2) for the North Rhett/Virginia Avenue interchanges. During the comment period for the public information meeting, we received many comments concerning the number of trucks that would be required to pass through North Rhett Avenue as a result of both North Rhett/Virginia Avenue alternatives. Additionally, input regarding potential future traffic was provided by the North Charleston Terminal and Joint Base Charleston. These updated traffic numbers resulted in the development of Alternatives 2A, 5, and 6 as additional proposed Reasonable Alternatives for I-526 at North Rhett/Virginia Avenue interchange.
Individual maps (PDF format) of the reasonable alternatives, including the three new proposed reasonable alternatives at North Rhett and Virginia avenue, are provided on the project’s website here. These maps are designed to be downloaded and provide you with the ability to zoom in and out of specific areas for a better look at each alternative. We invite you to review specific aspects of each proposed alignment if you have not already done so. These drawings (except for the new North Rhett/Virginia Avenue Alternatives 2A, 5, and 6), along with all the other information that was provided at the public information meeting can be found here.
As this project progresses through the planning phase with an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), SCDOT will continue exploring ways to improve the project and minimize impacts on the surrounding community, including human and natural resources. We will continue to focus our efforts on community involvement and communication to ensure the successful development of the proposed project.
Your interest in the I-526 LCC WEST project is valued, and SCDOT assures you that all suggestions, objections, and concerns are carefully considered before any final project decisions are made. All comments have been entered into the public information meeting file and made part of the official record.
As a result of your comments and questions, we have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions to provide you with the key project details you want to know. We encourage you to review this document for more detailed information on specific areas of concern and share these with your friends, neighbors, and colleagues. If you should have any further questions, please contact me directly at email@example.com, call (843.258.1135), or visit our Community Office in Gas Lite Square (5627 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston; CARTA Route 10) Monday – Friday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Please note that in response to the current Covid-19 health concerns, the office hours have been modified to an appointment-only basis to ensure your safety. We encourage you to call ahead to confirm our hours as this situation progresses. If these times do not work for your schedule, or you would like to set a one-on-one appointment with a right-of-way specialist to discuss your unique situation, please give us a call toll-free at 866.632.5262 or locally at 843.258.1135.