Saturday, December 14, 2013
On Thursday, Dec. 5, South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the amended intergovernmental agreement between Charleston County and the state to complete the Mark Clark Expressway. The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce congratulates all SCDOT Commissioners for taking the first step toward achieving long-term infrastructure solutions.
The chamber has been a long-standing supporter of completing I-526. The project will positively impact economic development and job growth and will improve the quality of life for both employers and residents throughout the community.
In December, 2012, Charleston County Council voted to move forward toward completing I-526. Throughout the last year, county staff has been working with SCDOT to amend the contract.
Stuart Whiteside, the chairman of the chamber’s board of directors and former co-chair of the chamber’s infrastructure visioning task force says the chamber will continue to work with state and local officials to ensure that this integral project comes to fruition.
“While the completion of I-526 is not a silver bullet that will cure all traffic and transportation woes that exist in our community, it is a great first step toward enhancing regional mobility, quality of life and safety on our roadways,” Whiteside said.
According to Bryan Derreberry, president and CEO of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, the commissioners deserve credit for doing the right thing for the state and region.
“Today’s vote was a key step towards completing this critical infrastructure project. Completing I-526 will be a huge win for the business community and Charleston region as a whole,” Derreberry said.
Derreberry also thanked several other leaders in our region for their work ensuring the completion of the Mark Clark Expressway.
“Today’s vote by the SCDOT Commissioners was critical, but we also must recognize the support from regional leaders such as Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell, Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie Pryor and Vice-Chairman Elliott Summey and Charleston Mayor Joe Riley.”