Coastal Conservation League
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2018
Caitie Forde-Smith, Communications Director — (252) 714-4790 or [email protected]
Lisa Jones-Turansky, Chief Conservation Officer — (843) 725-2059 or [email protected]
Jason Crowley, Communities & Transportation Director — (843) 723-7933 or [email protected]
CHARLESTON, SC—In response to today’s request from South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster directing the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank to support the expansion of Interstate 526 across Johns and James Islands, Coastal Conservation League Executive Director Laura Cantral said:
This is a failure of leadership. The Wando River bridge on Interstate 526 is shut down and broken. Rather than address the immediate needs of his constituents and serious safety concerns, the governor calls for new pavement on a completely separate stretch of the highway that he failed to maintain.
Planning and prioritization are critical, and our resources are limited. Before we spend money on new transportation projects, we must address our state’s deteriorating infrastructure.
Bridge repair should be front and center for funding—not the 8-mile extension of Interstate 526. This political project is a dangerous distraction at a time when our communities cannot afford it.
We urge Governor McMaster to reconsider today’s request and put the safety and welfare of the people he serves first.
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The Coastal Conservation League is a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the coastal resources of South Carolina. Our mission is to protect the natural landscapes, abundant wildlife, clean water and traditional communities by working with citizens, local governments and the state legislature.