DOT Will Study Traffic for I-26 Corridor Management Plan

July 14, 2017, 9:34 am EST | Share:

Many of you know it all too well. Traffic is a mess out there, during rush hour especially. Now, a meeting has been scheduled to talk about it next week.

The Department of Transportation is studying safety along two major routes in Berkeley and Charleston Counties; one along I-26 between Ridgeville and Charleston and the other is US Highway 52.

Those routes carry up-to 169,000 daily trips, most of which are taken in single occupancy vehicles. Officials say they are looking at several options.

CHARLESTON, SC (BILL BURR, WTAT-TV) — Sometimes the beauty of the Lowcountry’s landscape isn’t enough to curb driver frustrations dealing with traffic.

“They are just tired of going through all the traffic. Try having to sit and wait or people honking,” explains Wanda Collins, a convenience store clerk at Exxon on Rivers Avenue. She knows what it’s like tackling traffic delays.

“Sometimes it’s a pain in the butt when you have people working on the highways and you have to detour maybe sometimes five or ten minutes out of the way just to get to work,” said Collins.

That is one of the reasons why engineers with the South Carolina Department of Transportation are preparing the I-26 Corridor Management Plan. Project managers say they’re looking at various ways to ease congestion.

“We’re not only looking at capacity improvements but also traffic operational improvements which may be small projects at interchanges or restriping,” said Michael Dennis, a project manager and engineer for the department of transportation.

DOT officials say building more roads is possible, but they prefer other transportation options. “We’re looking at anything from hot lanes, HOV lanes to carpooling, park and ride, van pools,” Dennis said.

Ideas to help local drivers deal with inevitable slowdowns.

“It’s going to keep getting worse. They really, really need to do something about it,” said Robert Stehn, who drives Rivers Avenue and Interstate 26 every day.

Project managers will offer displays and details about the project. They also want to hear from you. An informational meeting will take place Tuesday, July 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the third floor of North Charleston City Hall.