'What do we want the future of Johns Island to be?'

About two dozen residents gave up part of their Tuesday evening to lay plans to fight an interstate extension many fear will ruin their island. Full Story
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Thomas Legare

AOL

#1 Aug 18, 2006
If you are interested in Johns Island please post your comments.
Thomas Legare

AOL

#2 Aug 27, 2006
Johns Island Rural Forever!
Jeff

Charleston, SC

#3 Sep 21, 2006
I live on John's Island and would love to see the I526 extention built.
Courtney Morris-West

Marietta, GA

#4 Dec 21, 2006
I agree w/ Thomas - Johns Island Rural Forever!
HC Metts

AOL

#5 Jan 3, 2007
Hello old friends. I was born and raised on Johns Island. Graduated in 1974.I have been living in Texas ever since. I must say I miss all my old high school friends. I especially miss the Island. It is an awesome place. I hope it stays rural but I doubt it will with all the resorts so close by. I have been looking for Kenny Owens and George Rasque for a long time so if you see them tell them to email me ...hmetts3@aol.com. Thanks HC METTS
Thomas Legare

AOL

#6 Jan 9, 2007
Jeff wrote:
I live on John's Island and would love to see the I526 extention built.
Why?
D Banks

United States

#7 Jan 14, 2007
Where will 526 come across and leave the island?, I have seen the proposal, but it doesn't get very specific as to what land it will impede apon.
ben

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Jan 14, 2007
I was born on Johns island and now live out of state.One day I would like to possibly retire to the area.

I can only afford to do this if the commercial property I own on the island appreciates. Lets bring Johns Island into the 21st century. Controlling the type of growth and where it happens are the keys, not retarding it artificially.
Thomas Legare

AOL

#9 Jan 15, 2007
ben wrote:
I was born on Johns island and now live out of state.One day I would like to possibly retire to the area.
I can only afford to do this if the commercial property I own on the island appreciates. Lets bring Johns Island into the 21st century. Controlling the type of growth and where it happens are the keys, not retarding it artificially.
Johns islands price are already getting so sky high that people that were born here like youself are having to sell and move now. It is not fair that people speculating on property values are driving prices up! Not having 526 come to Johns Island is not retarding it artificially, it is keeping our rural nature and lifestyle. Why would anybody want to retire someplace that has been destroyed and turned into anywhere USA?
Thomas Legare

AOL

#10 Jan 15, 2007
D Banks wrote:
Where will 526 come across and leave the island?, I have seen the proposal, but it doesn't get very specific as to what land it will impede apon.
The Mark Clark will cross Maybank at Blanchards Curve and continue along the power lines and turn and cross to James Island about half a mile south of the Stono River bridge.
Cynthia

United States

#11 Jan 16, 2007
I know there is a hook up somewhere at HWY 17, where will that come across at? I know it's intended to make our travel easier and faster and give us other ways off of our beloved island, BUT think about what it will BRING to our island. Look at the Town of Mt. Pleasant...they wish they'd never seen I-526! I fear it will mean the same for Johns Island. Let's stay as Rural as we can!
Cynthia

United States

#12 Jan 16, 2007
ben wrote:
I was born on Johns island and now live out of state.One day I would like to possibly retire to the area.
I can only afford to do this if the commercial property I own on the island appreciates. Lets bring Johns Island into the 21st century. Controlling the type of growth and where it happens are the keys, not retarding it artificially.
Then PLEASE stay in MN for your retirement. We don't need you back here. Sorry, but that's how I feel about you.
Bob

Greenville, SC

#13 Jan 17, 2007
I disagree with this website. 526 will help the entire Charleston area by (a) creating construction jobs (b)allowing the thousands of sea island employees who clog our roads every day to get on & off the island easier (c) completing the interstate loop as designed years ago.
Dave C

United States

#14 Jan 18, 2007
I whole heartedly agree with Thomas without a doubt. All the extension will do is put development into overdrive and with existing infrastructure not able to handle the current traffic situation the extension will just make matters entirely worse. It would just be another "dump off" onto the islands to go along with the current bottleneck areas which include Main Rd and Maybank Highway. The money should go to existing infrastructure and for cleaning up all the litter that is everywhere due to inconsiderate and unappreciative people.
Emily

Easley, SC

#15 Jan 18, 2007
Bob wrote:
I disagree with this website. 526 will help the entire Charleston area by (a) creating construction jobs (b)allowing the thousands of sea island employees who clog our roads every day to get on & off the island easier (c) completing the interstate loop as designed years ago.
Bob, unfortunately your comments are not true. Our BCD Cog's own traffic model's numbers show that the MArk Clark will effect minimal improvements to the West Ashley area, and in some cases will actually cause current trafic problems to worsen. I think your point about it being on a road list for over twenty years speaks not to its need for completion, but simply to the outdated nature of a road that won't help our current traffic situation. While it will create lots of jobs in the Charleston area, spending 420 million dollars on an unecessary road project in the name of job creation is a ridiculous proposition.
Jim

United States

#16 Jan 18, 2007
Unfortunately, the purpose of the Mark Clark Extension to Johns Island has nothing to do with improving traffic patterns west of the Ashley---or improving existing traffic flow anywhere. The total disregard for data/common sense in this whole fiasco indicates there's something else going on here, and it smells like politics, developers, and money. The city/county/state can't take care of the existing roads---now they want to add more to allow to fall into disrepair? If more jobs is a legitimate goal, how about hiring people to repair EXISTING roads???
ed carraway

Charleston, SC

#17 Jan 18, 2007
I was disappointed to see the SCDT place flimsy fiberglass median posts across the Northbridge. It provides zero protection from oncoming 3-ton SUVs traveling at a relative 100MPH while at the same time impeding the horribly inadequate pedestrian/bicyclist access to the bridge. An external bike lane (which admittedly costs taxpayer money) is what is needed
The action underscores the misplaced priorities of local governments. Instead of concentrating on intensifying the rapid development of the Sea Islands, the Lowcountry's final pristine frontier, they should be improving our existing thoroughfares to make them safer and more accessible to the public. This seems vastly more important to me.
Bev Jenkins

United States

#18 Jan 20, 2007
I think the completion of 526 is far past due. This road will complete the final leg of 526 which is the beltway road system designed to help the people of Charleston travel to and from different parts of town without having to drive thru stop and go traffic. I do not agree that it will bottle neck traffic as other seem to contend. Haven't you noticed that the current bottle neck traffic areas are primarily in the areas that 526 is not finished...? This road section will benefit everyone who drives in Charleston County. My roots have been on these islands for hundreds of years and I guess the indians hated it when Capt. Jenkins landed here from England years ago...LOL. However, bring yourself a couple of Hundred years forward and here we live in a great place. I love this land and respect the sensitivity this and all other development issues bring to our community. Its human nature to be adverse to change but we need to embrace it instead of stifle it. I try to reason with the people I know on here who are so opposed with this positive change that is going to take place but I cannot bring myself to understand and agree their plight. I wish we could agree to get along and come up with plans and solutions that we all could be happy with.
Thomas Legare

AOL

#19 Jan 20, 2007
Bev Jenkins wrote:
I think the completion of 526 is far past due. This road will complete the final leg of 526 which is the beltway road system designed to help the people of Charleston travel to and from different parts of town without having to drive thru stop and go traffic. I do not agree that it will bottle neck traffic as other seem to contend. Haven't you noticed that the current bottle neck traffic areas are primarily in the areas that 526 is not finished...? This road section will benefit everyone who drives in Charleston County. My roots have been on these islands for hundreds of years and I guess the indians hated it when Capt. Jenkins landed here from England years ago...LOL. However, bring yourself a couple of Hundred years forward and here we live in a great place. I love this land and respect the sensitivity this and all other development issues bring to our community. Its human nature to be adverse to change but we need to embrace it instead of stifle it. I try to reason with the people I know on here who are so opposed with this positive change that is going to take place but I cannot bring myself to understand and agree their plight. I wish we could agree to get along and come up with plans and solutions that we all could be happy with.
Hey Bev, you forgot to point that you are a Realtor! That's alright, I still like you anyway even if you don't get the point of what this road is going to do to JI.(Turn us into Mt. Not So Pleasant)
Bill

Goose Creek, SC

#20 Jan 24, 2007
Tom,
Both my wife and I are in agreement that it appears a gross misuse of tax money to spend $420 million on the expansion of the 526. We are also concerned about the possible widening of either Main Rd. below Maybank to Kiawah or River Rd.
Do you or someone visiting this site have any idea what the plans are for these roads especially as it pertains to the Grand Oaks.
Bill,
Johns Island

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