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SC conservation groups laud vote against I-526

Apr 20, 2011 3:54:00 PM - thestate.com
Environmental groups are applauding Charleston County Council's decision not to complete Interstate 526 in suburban Charleston.

Council voted last week against having the state spend almost $500 million to build an eight-mile parkway to complete the last link of the highway, also known as the Mark Clark Expressway.

Southern Environmental Law Center attorney Chris DeScherer calls the highway unnecessary and harmful and says the decision was a victory for rural preservation.

The South Carolina Coastal Conservation League also praised the decision. The group says it's time to stop building new, expensive highways and find other solutions that improve mobility in urban areas.

Hundreds of residents attended a public hearing last year protest the highway project.

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