The Mark Clark Expressway Extension: We Need to Hear from the Business Community

Staff Report

Friday, August 21st, 2020

Mobility is one of the Chamber’s top priorities. As we grow out of the economic shock of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must continue to improve our infrastructure and put people to work.

The Chamber has been a multiple-decades supporter of the Mark Clark Extension. The project will 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.

After years of struggle, in early 2019, funding sources were finally identified, and the completion of the Mark Clark Expressway, now known as the Mark Clark Extension, was again initiated. Due to the length of time that had transpired, it was determined that a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) is required to move the project forward. Therefore, the project will continue to follow the standard project development process for large-scale roadway projects. In 2019, Charleston County, South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) re-initiated the efforts to complete the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process.

Public involvement has been an integral part of the development of alternatives for the Mark Clark Extension project and will continue through the Public Hearing and the completion of the project.

Planning for a Public Hearing is currently underway for the project. As the draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement is being finished, we strongly encourage you to provide your input on what issues are most important to you. By taking this short survey, you will help inform Public Hearing materials and ensure that your concerns are being addressed.

Every effort needs to be made for the voice of the business community to be heard. The SCDOT is reaching out for comments. Make sure your voice is heard.