Completion of I-526 could mean new way of life for generations of Bohicket Road residents

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The effort to complete I-526 is a reality for now .

State leaders agreed to fund the extension of the interstate over James and Johns islands.

It's a seven-mile extension that could eventually feed into other roadways,

For those living on Johns and James islands, it could represent the beginning of a new era.

Tesha Nelson and her whole family has lived on Bohicket Road her whole life.

You could say she’s the face of Bohicket Road.

In her book, Down Bohicket Road, Lowcountry artist Mary Whyte illustrates how Nelson and generations of her family are firmly rooted amidst the live oak trees that line Johns Island.

A road that would be directly impacted by the 526-completion project.

Nelson says, “I’m not ready, I’m still not ready, I think the development is going to be extreme to where it’s just not going to be the same," she said.

A project that’s taken more than 10 years to get the go-ahead from officials.

“A lot of people moved down here for the quiet, for the peace of Johns Island tranquility, now with all this development and traffic its gonna take away from all of that,” says Nelson.

But even so, Nelson says her and her relatives are staying put.

“This is still home, I’m not going anywhere,” says Nelson.

State officials have given the Nelson family plenty of time to prepare. Just as the cost of the project has ballooned, so has the timeline.

The projected finishing date? To be determined.

Officials say work began today. It'll take 12 to 18 months to finish the permitting.

Construction could start in two years.

That's unless any lawsuits try to block it.

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