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April 27
SCDOT to Release Nine Alternatives for the Mark Clark Expressway

 Alternatives will be available at a series of public meetings

           

             The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) and its partners, Charleston County and the Federal Highway Administration, plans to release the “Reasonable Alternatives” for the Mark Clark Expressway through a series of public information meetings beginning this week. The meetings are scheduled at the following locations:

           

Thursday, April 30 – West Ashley High School (6:00 – 8:00 pm)

            Tuesday, May 5 – St. Johns High School (6:00 – 8:00 pm)

            Thursday, May 7, - James Island High School (6:00 – 8:00 pm)

 

               During these public information meetings, the project team members will present nine  alternatives for the Mark Clark Expressway project. The public meetings will be conducted in an open-house format, providing the public the opportunity to view display boards and graphics, and talk one-on-one with project staff.

 

               The nine reasonable alternatives include a no-build alternative, mass transit alternative, and transportation systems management alternative, as well as six new alignment alternatives. Reasonable alternatives have been identified from a list of 38 alternatives based on ability to improve traffic congestion, safety, and regional mobility while minimizing wetland and relocation impacts.

 

               A detailed analysis comparing the benefits and environmental impacts associated with each of the reasonable alternatives will be documented in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.  These studies will include cultural resources, community impacts, threatened and endangered species, noise, air quality, water quality, land use, environmental justice, and Section 4(f) (parks and wildlife refuges) resources. Analysis results will be the basis for the recommendation of a preferred alternative in the fall 2009.

 

               Public comments on alternatives are encouraged and may be submitted through June 5, 2009.  Comments may be submitted through the project website (www.scdot.org/I526) or mailed to:

 

David A. Kinard, P.E.

Project Manager

South Carolina Department of Transportation

955 Park Street

Columbia, South Carolina 29202

 

               Based on comments received and analyses results, the reasonable alternatives may be modified in order to enhance performance or minimize potential impacts.

 

               Once the public has had an opportunity to attend the public information meetings and discuss the project with the project staff, the reasonable alternatives will be added to the project website at www.scdot.org/I526. For more information about the Mark Clark Expressway project, please call David Kinard at (803) 737-1963.