(WCBD) — On Tuesday evening, the Charleston County Council is scheduled to discuss plans for the completion of I-526. The interstate was supposed to span from West Ashley to John’s Island, to James Island, but the project was halted due to a lack of funding.
$420 million to fund the project is coming from South Carolina’s Infrastructure Board, paid for by a half cent sales tax.
At Tuesday night’s council meeting, the recommendation includes providing the funding to complete the permits. According to county officials, the recommendation will authorize the Department of Transportation to utilize up to $500,000 of the transportation sales tax annual allocation fund to continue the permitting process. However, the county says they have already experienced a setback when the chairman of the SIB failed to set a meeting with the council regarding the project. The deadline to set that meeting was Friday, September 16.
According to the chairman, the SIB has the ability to force a meeting if enough members support it. Now, the council is reaching out to their members in hopes to set a date.