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Council approves measure to continue I-526

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Charleston County Council approved in a 5-4 vote to continue plans to extend I-526.{}

The decision came after the finance committee voted to maintain control of the project and dozens of people spoke during the public hearing.{}

Council members Pryor, Summey, Johnson, Rawl and Sass voted for the measure. Council members Condon, Schweers, Darby and Qualey voted against the plan.

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Earlier in the night in a 5-4 vote, Charleston County Council's finance committee decided to keep control of the I-526 project instead of handing it off to the City of Charleston.

While committee members acknowledged that expanding I-526 is a difficult choice, it was "in the best interest of the county to proceed" with the plans.{}

However, the vote to keep control of the project happened before the period of public comment.{}

Council member Elliot Summey said the council now has to turn their attention to finding an engineering firm.{}

"We are so delighted and proud of the county council decision tonight," said Charleston Mayor Joe Riley. "This is a great victory for the citizens of our community now and in the future."

Stay connected to ABCNews4 for more on this developing story.{}

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