August 25
Five Public Hearings Scheduled for Mark Clark Expressway in Charleston County

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled five public hearings concerning the recommended preferred alternative for the extension of the proposed I-526 (Mark Clark Expressway) from its current endpoint at Savannah Highway (US 17) to the existing James Island Connector interchange at Folly Road. 


·         Tuesday, Aug. 31, Burke High School, 244 President St, Charleston.


·         Thursday, Sept.  2, Burke High School, 244 President St., Charleston. 


·         Tuesday, Sept. 7, West Ashley High School, 4060 Wildcat Blvd., Charleston.


·         Wednesday, Sept.  8, James Island Charter High School, 1000 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston.


·         Thursday, Sept. 9, St. John’s High School, 1518 Main Road, Charleston.


At each public hearing, the first part of the meeting will be conducted in an “open house” format between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Interested persons may attend the open house at any time, at which representatives will be available to answer questions regarding the proposed project. Maps and drawings of the proposed recommended preferred alternative will be available and citizens may submit comments regarding the possible social, economic and environmental effects of the project. 


A formal hearing will begin at 6 p.m., with presentations by SCDOT, the Federal Highway Administration and US Army Corps of Engineers. Immediately following, citizens may make formal, verbal comments regarding the proposed project. Those persons wishing to speak at the formal hearing may sign up prior to 6 p.m. at the meeting.


The purpose is to provide an opportunity to review and discuss individually with representatives of SCDOT the preliminary plans and environmental documentation of potential project effects for the recommended preferred alternative for the extension of the Mark Clark Expressway from its current endpoint at Savannah Highway (US 17) to the existing James Island Connector interchange at Folly Road. The recommended preferred alternative consists of a four-lane parkway with posted speeds of 35 to 45 mph. It would extend 9.5 miles in length with a multiuse path included along the entire length.  The parkway will provide two connector roads onto Johns Island and intersections at Riverland Drive, Riley Road, Up on the Hill Road and Folly Road on James Island. The project will increase the capacity of the regional transportation system, improve safety and enhance mobility to and from the West Ashley, Johns Island and James Island areas of Charleston.


Related maps and/or drawings, Draft Environmental Impact Statement, and other pertinent data are available for public review on the project website,,

at the Charleston County Main Library and the James Island, Johns Island and West Ashley branches, SCDOT’s District Six Office, 6355 Fain Blvd. in North Charleston, Charleston County Department of Transportation Development and the Berkeley Charleston Dorchester Council of Government offices. Additional information concerning the project may be obtained by contacting Program Manager David Kinard at (803) 737-1963.  Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Karen Davis at (803) 737-1549.