Sanford to attend I-26 meeting on Jan. 21

      SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- Rep. Mark Sanford will be among those in attendance next week at a public hearing on the proposed changes to Interstate 26.

      Earlier this week, Sanford wrote a letter to the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments again expressing his opposition to the state Department of Transportation's plan to clear cut trees along I-26.

      "There are many considerations, but a primary one is that how our area looks and feels is a driver in shaping our economic competitiveness. While I know this is a new plan from the Department of Transportation, my concern remains the same as when I wrote back in June," Sanford wrote.{}

      Sanford said he continues to hear opposition to the plan to cut down the trees and replace them with cable guard rails in the medians.{}

      {}Sanford also pointed out the efforts of former Rep. Arthur Ravenel in convincing the DOT to implement a plan of keeping the trees in place.{}

      "I think it would be contrary to the will of most in our area if we now abandoned that thirty-year tradition and cut these trees in the whole scale form now contemplated," he wrote.{}

      Tuesday night's meeting will be held at 5 p.m. in the Summerville High School Auditorium.{}

      Ahead of that meeting, Sanford will spend more time in the Lowcountry on Friday.{}

      His office announced Thursday that the Congressman would be at the NAPA Auto Parts on North Street in Summerville and the new Mellow Mushroom in Summerville before lunch.{}

      Around 12:15 p.m., he will visit the Verizon Wireless Call Center on Mall Drive in North Charleston.