Charleston County’s proposed I-526 extension a ‘boondoggle,’ new report says

Charleston Post & Courier
Rickey Ciapha Dennis Jr.

Charleston County’s plans to extend Interstate 526 is one of the nation’s most wasteful boondoggles, according to a new report.

The $725 million endeavor, which looks to complete the highway over James and Johns islands, will offer minimal short-term traffic relief and little or no long-term improvement, according to the “Highway Boondoggles 6” report by U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group.

“The cost benefit is just not really good,” said John Stout, transportation advocate with the PIRG Education Fund. “It’s pretty well proven that highway extension doesn’t improve congestion.”

The education fund defines itself as a nonpartisan group that uses research, public education and outreach to serve as counterweights to the influence of powerful  special interests.