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The Advocates: Help Mark Clark Extension Move to Shovel Ready
The Mark Clark Extension is an essential project to increase the capacity of the regional transportation system, improve safety and enhance mobility to and from the West Ashley, Johns Island and James Island areas. Additionally, the project’s completion will enhance workforce recruitment and retention by reducing employee commute times and increasing opportunities for economic development by connecting primary communities with a major transportation artery.

The Chamber has a long history of supporting the Mark Clark Extension. Unfortunately, outside organizations against the Mark Clark Extension have worked to delay the project every step of the way. Over 20 years later, the cost of the project has unsurprisingly increased, and alternative funds need to be identified to complete the project. The Charleston region is already behind the curve in relation to capacity demands. We cannot afford to further delay.

Charleston County recently approved $75M to get the project back to shovel ready status. The State Infrastructure Bank (SIB) must now approve an additional $75M to fund remaining property acquisitions and engineering work. Following approval from the SIB, the project will go to the Joint Bond Review Committee (JBRC).

To empower members of the State Infrastructure Bank and the JBRC to make the best decision for the Charleston region and approve the additional $75M, we will need broad business support. Linked you will find a fact sheet and sample letter. To show your support for the project, please email me a copy of your letter of support on your company’s letterhead by September 22. 

Thank you in advance for your support of this crucial infrastructure priority in our region.

Bailey Vincett, Director of Government Relations
Posted on
September 12th 2023
Written by
Justin Allen