In 2016, Charleston County residents voted for a half-cent sales tax for transportation and Greenbelt programs. Funds were included for what came to be called the "Main Road Corridor" which was Main and Bohicket Roads from Bees Ferry to Betsy Kerrison.
Rational Roads was formed in November 2020 after Charleston County published their alternatives for Main Road Corridor Segment C.
We believed there were better ways than these proposed alternatives to improve congestion and safety in the Main Road Corridor and that this could be accomplished without destroying our culture and environment.
We also believed that safety must be one of the key objectives of the project, but safety was omitted from the County's stated purpose of the project, which is "The primary purpose of the project is to reduce congestion (see projected traffic data) and to increase capacity on Main Road/Bohicket Road from Maybank Highway to Betsy Kerrison Parkway. The secondary purpose of the project is to provide opportunities for bicyclists and pedestrians to safely travel throughout the project area."
The best way to positively improve congestion, safety and mobility on Johns Island is to focus on improving the most congested and dangerous roads first. This approach has the added advantage of minimizing the impact of these road improvements on the culture and environment of our Island.
After extensive community input, and with the assistance of well-respected transportation consultants, we have developed an alternative to the five proposed by Charleston County for the Main Road Corridor Project. You can view our latest refinement of Alterative 6 here.
We refer to this community led solution as “Alternative 6”. In addition to addressing future traffic growth, Alternative 6 addresses current safety, delay, congestion, school access, livability, and traffic enforcement issues. Fundamentally, Alternative 6 knits our community together and reinforces our sense of place, rather than just moves vehicles through it.
If you would like Rational Roads to meet with your church group, civic organization, or HOA to discuss the Main Road Corridor Project and Alternative 6, please contact us at RationalRoads@gmail.com.
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