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The Advocates: Making Infrastructure a Priority

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Our dynamic region needs to move people and goods around more efficiently and easily. We need mobility solutions. Drive around our region and you’ll understand the urgency. Traffic snarls, freight bottlenecks and localized flooding are practically daily occurrences.

New roads are a big part of the solution. We notched a huge victory on the new roads front with last week’s announcement on the funding agreement to complete the Mark Clark Expressway. Other new or expanded roads are vital too, including Hwy 41 widening, Berlin G. Myers completion, Glenn McConnell extension and widening of I-26 and I-526.

The aforementioned projects are among the fifteen top road needs cited in the Chamber’s recently released 2019 Infrastructure Priorities Report.

Efficiently moving the people we will add over the next decade will demand other mobility solutions too. Lowcountry Rapid Transit, the region’s first large scale mass transit effort, is a massive opportunity to give more people in our region greater mobility choice.

The Charleston Metro Region has enjoyed incredible economic success over the past decade, but our infrastructure hasn’t kept up. To continue growing jobs and economic opportunity, we must enhance the capacity of our transportation network and make necessary investments in freight movement and storm water management.

You can download the full Infrastructure Priorities Report on our website to see the full list and read details on funding and permitting status for each.

Also of note this week, Robert D. “Robby” Robbins of Summerville was named Chairman of the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission on Thursday during the commission’s monthly meeting in Columbia. Robbins’ appointment also comes with a seat on the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank (STIB) Board. Robbins also currently serves on the Chamber’s Board of Directors and is very familiar with all of the infrastructure needs of our region. Congratulations Robby!


 
Ian Scott,
Senior Vice President of Government Relations

 

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