The Highway 41 Corridor Improvements project is a widening of an approximate five-mile stretch of Highway 41 in Mount Pleasant, between US 17 and the Wando River Bridge at its intersection with Clements Ferry Road. This project is expected to ease traffic congestion, improve safety for commuters, and play a significant role in positively influencing the long term transportation planning of Charleston County.
As the area continues to grow traffic congestion will grow, too. Widening Highway 41 will reduce traffic congestion by improving the flow of traffic and increasing capacity along the project corridor. The current section of roadway sustains operations that exceed capacity and these conditions are forecasted to worsen over time.
This project has a combination of committed funds from Charleston County, Charleston Area Transportation Study (CHATS) and the Town of Mount Pleasant. Taxpayers voted in 2016 to increase Charleston County's sales tax and as a result, Highway 41 was allotted $130 million of sales tax funding to fully fund the proposed improvements. Additionally, the CHATS Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) has allocated two million dollars for this project.
The project study area has been defined as a mainline corridor of Highway 41 from US 17 in Mt. Pleasant across the new Wando River Bridge to Clements Ferry Road in Berkeley County. The project also includes improvements to the intersection of Highway 41 and US 17 and completion of the tie in of Gregory Ferry Road to Highway 41 near US 17. The study corridor also includes US 17 from the intersection with Hamlin Road to the entrance to Oakland Plantation and an expanded study area around Laurel Hill County Park and the Phillips Community between Bessemer Road and Dunes West Boulevard. The purpose of the expanded study area is to fully evaluate the potential project effects on the County Park, adjacent communities, and associated roadways. Residential communities along Highway 41 include the Phillips Community, Dunes West, Park West, Rivertowne, Planter’s Pointe, The Colonnade, Brickyard Plantation, and Horlbeck Creek. Additionally, the project study area includes crossings over Horlbeck, Mill and Wagner Creeks.
Directly impacted landowners will be identified and contacted when a recommended preferred alternative is selected for this project.
Stakeholder engagement and community involvement are critical to the success of the Highway 41 Corridor Improvements project. The project team is committed to engaging the community and keeping interested parties informed through a number of opportunities for stakeholders to learn about the project and provide input. Individuals can stay informed and involved by signing up for the e-mail list and connecting with us on social media. Visit the Contact page for more information or to sign up for the e-mail list.
The next public meeting is scheduled to be held in the fall of Monday, November 13, 2017. Head to the Get Involved page for more details.
Noise impacts are key factors that will be evaluated during the environmental review process. Data collected will be evaluated and mitigation measures, such as noise abatement, will then be considered based on physical or environmental constraints, cost effectiveness, and the viewpoints of the local community and residents.
NEPA stands for the National Environmental Policy Act process. Under the NEPA process, an extensive environmental review must take place in order to complete a rigorous analysis of the project area and to examine reasonable alternatives for the improvements. The environmental review is done in order to avoid, minimize or mitigate environmental impacts and to ensure public participation is incorporated into the decision making process. Public input is critical during the environmental review process to provide important insight to Charleston County as the project plans and scope are refined.
During the development of this project, safety concerns will be addressed through the implementation of current design standards, the addition of turn lanes, and implementation of pedestrian and bicycle accommodations.
Improved access for pedestrians and bicyclists will be considered and evaluated in the project development process in order to provide safer options and more connectivity for residents.