SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) - A long-awaited road project in Summerville is slowly moving forward.
Joy Riley, a South Carolina Department of Transportation engineering project manager, gave residents some updated information about the third and final phase of the Berlin G Myers Parkway project on Wednesday. She spoke to the public at a Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce event and said she thinks the project is close to getting a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which Riley said is currently the "biggest milestone" for the project that officials are working toward.
The last part of the project would extend the parkway from East Carolina Avenue to U.S. 17-A, near Orangeburg Road.
Riley said the goal of the project is to reduce congestion in the Summerville area.
"If you traveled [on] Bacons Bridge Road or U.S. 17, some of that volume will now be able to take the Berlin Myers Parkway all the way to bypass Summerville, which will take that traffic off of your existing routes," she said.
The project has faced setbacks in previous years and some residents have questioned if it actually will reduce congestion. Others have raised concerns about the project's potential flooding and environmental impacts.
The parkway project is currently projected to cost about $135 million. The project currently has a funding shortfall of approximately $9 million. Dorchester County, the Charleston Area Transportation Study Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Town of Summerville and the Dorchester County Sales Tax Authority are all sponsors for the project and are working to identify the additional funding.
Riley said she is hopeful that the permit will be approved by Summer 2019, then construction could begin in early 2020 and take three years to complete.
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