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County urges cooperation between DOT, large Clements Ferry development

  • Thursday, March 6, 2014

Berkeley County Council has unanimously passed a resolution urging cooperation between the state’s transportation agency and a large planned development in the City of Charleston off of Clements Ferry Road at Forrest Drive.

SCDOT scheduled a hearing on the Governors Cay intersection at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Daniel Island School multi-purpose room. The resolution will be taken into consideration at the hearing.

During last week’s county council finance committee meeting, Chairman Tim Callanan proposed the resolution. Prior to the meeting, he said that SCDOT planned to make the main intersection for Governors Cay right-turn only — a move that he said would kill the project, which has been delayed since the Great Recession.

Callanan said the project needs a traffic signal to be viable.

The committee heard from Dennis Avery, who represents and has interest in Governors Cay. Avery said the project would create 2,622 jobs and create a $2.7 million tax boon to the county and school district.

“That’s worth a traffic signal and full access to allow the project to be developed,” Avery told the council.

The finance committee referred the resolution to full council, which passed the resolution unanimously. According to Avery, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley supports a similar resolution.

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