The design specifications for the Highway 41 Widening Project should be pretty straight forward. A common-sense approach is not difficult. You find the center line of the roadway and add additional lanes to either side. Sounds simple, right? For some folks, apparently not.
Before construction can begin, permits must be issued. Before permits can be issued, the design specifications of project must be established under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This federally mandated process requires an extensive environmental analysis, examination of reasonable alternatives and public input. I need your public input.
The Transportation Development Department of Charleston County government retained professional consultants to conduct the NEPA process. No less than 12 alternatives were developed and studied. All but two alternatives have now been eliminated and it is expected that over the next few weeks either Alternative 1 or Alternative 7a will become the chosen design plan.
Alternative 1 simply widens the existing Highway 41 from 2 travel lanes to 4 travel lanes.
Alternative 7a leaves parts of Highway 41 with only 2 travel lanes while rerouting traffic onto Dunes West Blvd and through Park West by creating 4 travel lanes through the subdivisions.
Your response will be shared with the county project planners, the SCDOT and the Federal Highway Administration.
It is complete nonsense that the Highway 41 Widening Project might not include the widening of Highway 41. The nonsensical hand wringing needs to end and a project design to widen the road needs to move forward. Your help is important.