No, you can provide your own alternatives and they can be anywhere in the Main Road Corridor. Also, your alternatives do not have to be one continuous stretch of road.
For example, you might recommend that (a) a roundabout be installed at Main and Mary Ann Point, (b) Main/Bohicket be widened from Chisolm to Plow Ground to four lanes with select turning lanes, (c) bike/pedestrian paths be installed on Main, Maybank and Bohicket for the students of St John's, Angel Oak and Haut Gap, as well as for the residents of the Sea Island facilities on Maybank and Bohicket, and (d) passing lanes be installed on River Road.
We believe that a combination of County Staff, the residents, and outside consultants can collectively develop better solutions than any one of them could develop independently.
No. We want the funds from the 2016 half-cent sales tax that were allocated to the Main/Bohicket Corridor (the County now includes River Road south of Maybank in this Corridor) to be spent on those roads. We don't believe, as the County has proposed, that the only solution is one continuous four or five lane road that doesn't even solve our biggest safety and congestion issues.
County Council directed Staff to first work on Bohicket ("Segment C") under the assumption that once the Mark Clark Extension (I-526) was completed, there would be no need to make improvements on Main Road.
We believe that County Council should instead direct Staff to include all of Main, Bohicket and River (from Betsy Kerrison to Maybank) in the scope of effort. Doing this will allow the half-cent sales tax funds to actually address our most pressing safety and congestion issues.
You would think so, but safety is not one of the objectives of the project despite seeing weekly, and sometimes daily, that there is another collision on Main near Mary Ann Point, on River near JZI, or on some other part of our Island. And, unfortunately, some of these collisions are fatalities.
We believe that improvements in safety and congestion should be the two key objectives for the project. Widening of the roads can be one of the tools to meet these objectives, but road widening is not unto itself an objective.
Although according to SCDOT data this intersection is the deadliest stretch of road on Johns Island, there is no plan to significantly upgrade it.
Mary Ann Point is part of a larger safety issue on Main/Bohicket. The data show that the stretch of Main/Bohicket from Mary Ann Point to Edenvale, about 4.2 miles, has nearly 50% of the collisions, injuries and fatalities on the entire 24 miles of Main, Bohicket and River south of Maybank. Nearly 50% of the safety issues are in less than 20% of the Corridor! This is also where most of the Corridor congestion is.
To make matters worse, a new development across from Mary Ann Point will have nearly 400 homes, yet the location of the entrance road did not take this safety issue into consideration. If it had, the entrance to the development would have been aligned with Mary Ann Point and a roundabout would have been installed at this intersection.
No. The data and your own experience shows that most congestion on our Island is north of Edenvale Road, especially on Main/Bohicket from Many Ann Point to Plow Ground. Even the County's own presentation shows that through 2045 there will be no congestion south of Edenvale on either Bohicket or River.
Over 70% of Johns Island is located outside the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB), which is land designated by the City and County to remain rural.
Johns Island has a long history of Gullah/Geechee landholders, small rural churches, and family-owned farms. This is the culture of Johns Island outside the UGB.
Johns Island has large areas of saltwater marsh and freshwater wetlands, deer and wild turkey (and even occasionally a loose pig), and extensive tree canopies. This is the environment of Johns Island outside the UGB.
Taking innovative approaches, we can improve our roads while conserving our culture and environment. We need to recognize that large road projects always end up as pathways for development, resulting in worse congestion than if road improvements were implemented in a more innovative way.
No. That is why we are working with the community to have our voices heard.
Rational Roads membership is representative of Johns Island and as such we have members who are for the Mark Clark Extension and members who are against it. Our position is that the Main Road Corridor project must be about improving existing safety and congestion along Main and Bohicket Roads as well as accommodating future traffic growth. To accomplish this we must have rational discussions about our roads. Unfortunately, we have found that discussions of the Mark Clark Extension can derail progress on other road projects on the Island.
Therefore, due to the split in our membership and the desire to make real progress on the safety and congestion on our roads, we do not take a position on the Mark Clark Extension.
We actually want to speed up the improvement of our roads. To do this, we need an approach that actively engages the community through efforts like charrettes to avoid a situation similar to what is happening with Highway 41 in Mount Pleasant.
Rational Roads has shown through our in-person events, our survey with over 1000 respondents, and our webinar that this active participation is not only possible but critical to the timely success of this effort.
Yes. The process is defined in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This process includes studying need, alternatives, public input and environmental impact.
The need for the project as it relates to more pressing safety and congestion issues within the Main Road Corridor certainly requires additional study. Also, alternatives that have a greater impact on improvements in safety and congestion while also having less impact on the environment need to be studied, such as non-contiguous road improvements along the entire Corridor.
There are already several Community groups on Johns Island, including the Johns Island Community Association, the Johns Island Council and the Johns Island Task Force. Each group focuses on particular issues on the Island, but none of them is solely focused on roads.
We realized there needed to be a lead community group on Johns Island whose sole focus was roads. That is why we formed Rational Roads for Johns Island.
By the way, although we are not associated with these other community groups, our founding members included residents who were also members of these other Johns Island community groups.
We believe we can both improve our roads and preserve our culture and environment. This means examining the data and listening to the experience of the residents to determine were the biggest congestion and safety issues are. We must then address these issues through innovative solutions. We have hired two well-respected traffic engineering consultants to help us in this effort.
We ask that you continue to provide us with your traffic experiences. We will provide these to our consultants and share their recommendations with you. Stay tuned.