Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-08-19 12:46:09 GMT
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.Saluda County Sheriff John Perry said most of those arrested on chargesMore >>
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on byMore >>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:55:24 GMT
Deep in a mine shaft in the California desert, the body of a pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine was discovered after a search of nearly two months.More >>
A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:19:09 GMT
A Kansas City police officer is being investigated for his posts on social media, one of which claimed a photo of an Oregon murder suspect was Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot at leastMore >>
This is not Michael Brown. But a Kansas City Police Department officer may be in hot water for saying it is.More >>
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -
Relief to some of the congestion on I-526 could be on the way. Adding more lanes to the interstate is now a top priority for the SC Highway Commission. The project would widen 526 to six lanes.
Tuesday, the commission asked the State Infrastructure Bank for money to fund the project, but it will not be a cheap endeavor.
"It's such a large number. It's $534 million to do 19.44 miles. That's $27.5 million a mile, so it's a very expensive project," said Jim Rozier, the 1st congressional district's highway commissioner.
Rozier represents most of the tri-county area and Beaufort County. He says 526 is in desperate need of widening.
"It's just 19 and a half miles of heavy, heavy traffic. So safety and convenience is what it's all about," said Rozier.
The proposal is possible because the Infrastructure Bank was recently awarded more money. The bank is responsible for funding large highway projects costing over $100 million.
Joe Coleman, a driver, agrees with Rozier. He said, "The traffic at certain times of the day is unbelievable. It's just real slow. It would certainly be a help, but you're going to have some people who don't want it for whatever reason."
David Breaker, a former truck driver said, "Especially over in the Mount Pleasant area. It would be nice to have it where the port truckers can get in and out to get their job done for the community without any hassle."
If the plan makes it through, commissioner Rozier says results won't happen overnight.
"You're looking at several years. You're not looking at tomorrow morning. It's an involved process," said Rozier.
Rozier says this project of adding more lanes is entirely different from the extension project through Johns and James Islands.
"DOT is the sponsor of this project. The extension of 526, Charleston County is the sponsor of that project. Two totally different projects," said Rozier.
On August 7th the Highway Commission will meet with the State Infrastructure Bank to discuss adding more lanes to all of I-526.
The extension project will also be discussed in the same meeting.
Next for 1-526 extension project
Plans to extend the interstate to Johns and James Islands are moving forward.
Charleston County Vice Chairman Elliott Summey said they will meet with the State Infrastructure Bank on August 7th.
Summey says the bank will decide whether to accept the new terms of agreement, which includes the county running the project.
This is the biggest development since December when council voted to take over the project.
Over the last seven months, council has been working through legal matters with the Infrastructure Bank.
If the bank accepts the new terms of the agreement at the meeting, the next step will be to pick an engineering firm. Summey says that could take up to 90 days.
When council took over the project, they voted for the "Alternate G" design plan. Summey says the section will look more like a parkway than an interstate. The top speed will be 50 miles per hour and he says there won't be any stop lights along the way.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:58:47 GMT
One lane of the interstate has been reopened after it was shut down due to a deadly crash early Monday morning. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports the collision happened around 3:21 a.m. on theMore >>
One person is dead and five others were injured when a tire blew on the vehicle they were riding in early Monday morning on Interstate 26.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:39:10 GMT
A home was badly damaged in a fire on Quail Rd Sunday. (Source: Beth Baldauf)
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. Crews were called to a home on Quail Lane near Trenholm Rd and found the home engulfed in flames. No injuriesMore >>
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. More >>
Sunday, August 17 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-18 00:10:48 GMT
Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in Sunday. (Source: Tom Round)
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday. The Prosperity native took home the $500,000 grand prize in the Forrest Wood Cup held in Columbia. Anglers from across the nation headed to Lake MurrayMore >>
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:14:03 GMT
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.Council member Moe Baddourah was the lone "no" vote. CouncilMore >>
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:34 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:34:40 GMT
For many businesspeople like real estate Jennifer Harding, Fort Jackson is worth fighting for. A loss of jobs on the Army post would have an especially drastic impact on her business."It means a loss ofMore >>
The loss of 3,100 Fort Jackson personnel could have a heavy affect on businesses around the Army post. More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:33:22 GMT
A Sumter County man died in a fire at his home early Wednesday morning. The Sumter County Fire Department says crews were called to the home in the Runnymede subdivision, off Highway 15 north of SumterMore >>
A Sumter County man died in a fire at his home early Wednesday morning.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:11:12 GMT
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. The call came in near dusk in Kershaw County. "A reckless driver headed east on I-20 towardsMore >>
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. More >>