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

Full story: The Post and Courier

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.
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Emily

Greenville, SC

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#81
Apr 23, 2007
 
Dawn- you haven't done your homework. Traffic models show that 526 does very little to improve traffic in our region. Sorry, but if one of the best traffic models in our region shows that the Mark Clark effects minimal traffic improvements, I tend to believe it. People in the past who have claimed that the Mark Clark will help were not referencing any type of study or model. We know this is true because the models were not run until January of '07, and there has NEVER been a study done to asess the merits of this road project.
Don

Charleston, SC

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#82
May 3, 2007
 
Not skimming through all of the posts here, are any James Islanders that use the connector to bike or jog onto the peninsula aware that the completion of the Mark Clark will mean that the Connector then becomes part of the Interstate system and the bicycles abnd pedestrians and bikers, under federal statute, become history on that stretch?

Granted, Mayor Riley may still have a "revenue enhancement zone" at Calhoun Street end of the Clark (where the speed limit drops abruptly from 55 or 60 to 25.

Don,
West Ashcan
Stephen

Atlanta, GA

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#83
May 8, 2007
 
I am not sure whether the extension would do the people who reside on Johns Island any good or not. But do know that waiting in extrememly long lines of traffic to get onto Johns Island needs to be fixed. As for property values well higher is not always bad. Yes your taxes may increase but that does not occur immediatly. If it does get out of your price range then sell and move to another rural area to wait for the tide to once again arrive. Housing will continue to grow increasing traffic to Johns Island. I just hope the people in control do the right thing.
Jim

Summerville, SC

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#84
May 9, 2007
 
I think the most importantly overlooked fact about 526 is that when completed to James Is. it will create an effective avenue for hurricane evacuation and post-storm relief for Jas. I and Johns I. Hugo taught us that secondary roads and bridges are not adequate for this purpose and cost lives.

Johns/Seabrook/Kiawah/Wadmalaw Islands will continue to grow with or without 526. Do you want to be parked waiting to get over the Limehouse bridge for an hour? Do you want Main road backed up from 17 all the way to Johns Is. High? I don't. With land values where they are, people are going to sell land either by choice or by force. That means new development. The snowball is rolling. Build the thing before I have to spend 2 hours a day in a car.
Dawn

Charleston, SC

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#85
May 21, 2007
 
Emily, how can you say I have not done my homework when you state yourself that "no study has been done to asess the merits" of 526? Let's see, more ways on and off the island as opposed to less, with hundreds more moving here every year,hmmmm. For once can't we all use common sense instead of spending a few million to study a fictious possibility? What is there to study? More people mean you need more roads, period. You cannot widen the roads because of the Angel Oaks and no one is willing to give up a few hundred acres for another road or access point. What alternative do you offer? Just sit for hours every day and wait? For all the nay sayers, what is the alternative? What ideas can you bring to the table? If someone would come up with a viable alternative we would all welcome it with open arms.

For myself, I would never use the side roads if 526 was completed. I drive to N. Chas. every day and I live near River Rd. You would not have to worry about me sitting around on Maybank, Main or anywhere else. My husband can be included too, so there you are, two less people to deal with.

Suburbia is here and you cannot stop it no matter how hard you try. My vote is for an alternative to getting off this darned island if hurricane Hugo II rolls into town.
jay

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#86
Jun 13, 2007
 
Where will the extension be in relationship to Headquarters Island? The map is vague, but it looks to be right over it.
Wayne

Greenville, SC

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#87
Jun 18, 2007
 
Dawn wrote:
I am not in North Charleston I live on Johns Island. And yes this is meant to be a humor break.
I do however, support the extension of 526. I am tired of sitting in traffic and it will only get worse. You cannot stop development. We all kmow the old saying, money talks and all else walks. I support restrictive building.
Dawn, don't you realize that the Mark Clark extension will do nothing to stop the traffic jams you're in right now? And there will be no money to widen or fix the dangerous roads we travel daily, because the 526 extension will use up all of the road inprovement money for the next 30 years!
Wayne

Greenville, SC

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#88
Jun 18, 2007
 
Stephen wrote:
I am not sure whether the extension would do the people who reside on Johns Island any good or not. But do know that waiting in extrememly long lines of traffic to get onto Johns Island needs to be fixed. As for property values well higher is not always bad. Yes your taxes may increase but that does not occur immediatly. If it does get out of your price range then sell and move to another rural area to wait for the tide to once again arrive. Housing will continue to grow increasing traffic to Johns Island. I just hope the people in control do the right thing.
Building the extension won't alleviate the traffic!
Wayne

Greenville, SC

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#89
Jun 18, 2007
 
Joe wrote:
The key here seems to pick your battle. The most mentioned problem seems not to be the 526 plan itself but the resulting development. Through conservation easments, thoughtful zoning and a comprehensive plan, development can be allowed but controlled.
Having gone to school in Charleston and now finished with my military career, I hope to be able to return to the lowcountry, not expecting everything to have remained the same but hoping that the same spirit of life can be found.
Great post, Joe. I hope you return to the Lowcountry, and we'll do our best to hold on to what we all love about the area.

About zoning --- zoning regulations can change as new County Council members replace those who leave office or are voted out of office. We can't control what will happen in 4 years, or 10 years. If the 526 extension is built, there will be unending pressure to build subdivision upon subdivision along the route.

If you've driven along the Glenn McConnell Parkway, you'll see what happened to a road that was built to alleviate traffic. Subdivisions and strip malls clog every square inch of the parkway, and traffic in the area is worse than ever. This could happen again if the 526 extension is built.
Wayne

Goose Creek, SC

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#90
Aug 3, 2007
 
From today's Post and Courier:

"Roughly one in every eight bridges in South Carolina, nearly 1,300 in all, is considered 'structurally deficient'— the same rating given to the bridge that collapsed Wednesday in Minnesota.

In the tri-county area, 104 bridges, or 14 percent, are rated structurally deficient, according to a Post and Courier analysis of national transportation records."

We have some of the worst bridges and roads in the nation. Shouldn't we fix what we already have before using up all of our available funds for the next 20 years on an unnecessary road?
Aaron

Charleston, SC

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#91
Aug 10, 2007
 
I live on Johns Island and as far as the 526 extension is concerned I am middle of the road. It is going to happen whether we want it to or not. What does make me angry, are the people that moan about the extension and how it is going to turn us into Mt. UnPleasant. If that is your concern then stop wining and get involved in the conscious development of the island. Strengthen the local Architectural Review Board. Hire a city planner to insure that Mt. UnPleasant doesn’t happen.

Unfortunately when things such as this happen in a community, the angry members (you know the ones that think they are helping) truly do nothing to help there town, that way when all they said comes true they can sit back and say I told you so. Well I'm telling you if you get off your soap box and do the things that are necessary to insure that the Island is developed with your thoughts in mind you will be happier saying "Aaron, you were right, we worked hard to plan this out and the town is still beautiful.", rather than "I told you so"
Aaron

Charleston, SC

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#92
Aug 10, 2007
 
jay wrote:
Where will the extension be in relationship to Headquarters Island? The map is vague, but it looks to be right over it.
Jay,

The proposed development will run through the area where Maybank comes off the bridge and makes a slight bend. It will then continue through the area where the power lines are.

Since: Aug 07

Edisto Island, SC

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#93
Aug 10, 2007
 
Aaron wrote:
Mt. UnPleasant
I like that "Mt. UnPleasant"... suits it well.

What was once a nice peaceful village has grown into a monster of non-stop building, noise, traffic headaches, etc. And now, with all this growth, robberies are on a rise this year.

We just moved from Mt. UnPleasant to Edisto to get away from the traffic and all the unpleasantness that goes along with it. Now we have no traffic headaches (not even a traffic light)... just the sounds of the marsh and the smell of pluff mud. Heaven.
jeff

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#94
Aug 24, 2007
 
To hell with any help the 526 connector may have with lessening traffic on James Island and Folly Road or making a sufficient exit route in case of hurricane evacuation. Let's give the $99 million back to the state. God knows the roads in Myrtle Beach or Rock Hill probably need that money worse than we do.
william henning

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#95
Sep 19, 2007
 
the roads on johns island are the most outdated roads i've ever seen except for the roads in third world countries.
as the roads are now...johns island should be closed to traffic period! they are certainly the most dangerous. most trees along river, main and bohicket road should be taken down.
i did have a something to do with some trees and branches being removed on river and bohicket road a couple months ago and am working on getting more taken down.
Jim

Mount Pleasant, SC

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#96
Sep 28, 2007
 
I praise the Mark Clark Expressway. I was born and raised in Charleston and we have been inundated with Ohio transplants that have clogged our roads. I cannot imagine trying to navigate this city without 526!! James Island has the WORST traffic in the area. We need this road! Quit your whining!
Rusty

Mount Pleasant, SC

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Sep 28, 2007
 
Steve

Iselin, NJ

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#98
Dec 11, 2007
 
I recently heard a rumor that Kiawah and Seabrook Island are renewing their push for their expressway crossing John's Island. Does anyone have information regarding the status of this road (unrelated to the 526 connector but impacting the same issues).
Tommy - james island

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#99
Dec 14, 2007
 
I can't wait for the 526 extension , I live on James island and it would be great to get over to the citadel mall area without having to go down slow poke 17...
Tommy - james island

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#100
Dec 14, 2007
 
Jim wrote:
I praise the Mark Clark Expressway. I was born and raised in Charleston and we have been inundated with Ohio transplants that have clogged our roads. I cannot imagine trying to navigate this city without 526!! James Island has the WORST traffic in the area. We need this road! Quit your whining!
Amen, by elder brother Jim...

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