The Compromise Alternative for Highway 41 seeks to limit impacts to both nature and community.
The compromise has reached a new phase in the approval process: Charleston County and their design and engineering consultants have submitted plans to the Army Corps of Engineers and the S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control to review and issue the necessary permits.
You can help advance this balanced approach to improving Highway 41 by submitting comments in support of the project before the deadline on July 10th. You can submit comments by emailing Jeremy Kinney at [email protected]. The project can be identified by file number SAC-2018-00205.
Short on time? Use our template to send a message to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers letting them know you support the Compromise Alternative for Highway 41.
In 2020, Charleston County proposed widening Highway 41 to five-lanes through the historic Phillips community, an African American settlement area founded in 1875. The Phillips community, along with the Conservation League, many advocacy groups, and hundreds of residents from across Charleston County stood up and spoke out against the original proposal that would have destroyed Phillips, whose residents have been working hard for years to preserve their community while living with the scar of Highway 41 that was cut through their neighborhood in the 1940s.
Charleston County listened and responded by shelving that initial plan and redesigning a Compromise Alternative that balances the needs of ALL the communities along this portion of Highway 41 while minimizing impacts to the natural environment. In 2021, Charleston County Council voted unanimously to move this plan forward.
For more information on the Compromise Alternative and a quick history of how we arrived at this point, check out our project page.