Council decides against public vote on proposed I-526 extension

Rebecca Lamb (WCIV)

CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV)-- Residents will not get to vote on the proposed I-526 extension through James and John's Island.

Charleston County Council voted against putting the referendum on the ballot for the upcoming November 6th elections during a meeting held Tuesday.

The painstaking and controversial project has dragged on for years. Some residents feel it will create an unnecessary traffic problem.

"I don't think it's necessary. I think there are higher priority projects in both the county and state," said Charleston County{}native Glenda Miller. "I don't think we should build a project through the backyards of people who have opposed it for several years."

Supporters claim it is a safety concern and that the roads are in fact necessary, especially in the event of a hurricane or other emergency.

Charleston County resident Ledlie Bell said she's disappointed the decision won't be left up to the voters.

"This is something that is such basic infrastructure ... in any American City."

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