The Maybank Highway Project was discussed at Charleston County Council’s Finance Committee meeting on Thursday, April 16, 2009. County staff presented an incremental path forward to develop the design of the Maybank Highway improvements. Council decided to continue to consider options for moving the project forward.


Maybank Highway Improvements
Project Description

The Maybank Highway Widening Project is approximately 3.8 miles long. The proposed project begins at the end of the StonoRiverBridge and terminates at the intersection of Maybank Highway and Main Road. The proposed typical section along the roadway differs depending on the existing attributes of the corridor, but can be generally divided into two distinct areas. The two major areas are defined for this project as Maybank Highway from the Stono River Bridge to River Road and Maybank Highway from River Road to Main Road.

Maybank Highway, between the Stono River Bridge and River Road, has few driveways and is lined on both sides with grand live oak trees. To protect these trees, the project proposes to widen the existing two-lane roadway to a four-lane divided roadway with a wide natural median. The wide natural median would allow for the protection of the existing grand tree canopy while accommodating the additional vehicular travel lanes. Driveway access would be maintained with carefully designed median crossings located to avoid impacting the grand trees.  Bicyclists and pedestrians will be accommodated with a proposed five-foot wide sidewalk on the north side of the road and a 10-foot wide multi-use path on the south side. The proposed five-foot wide sidewalk on the north side would be tied into the existing sidewalks that serve Fenwick Plantation to provide continuity for pedestrians.

Maybank Highway, between River Road and Main Road, has frequent driveways and the grand trees are fewer and further apart. In this area, the project proposes to widen the existing two-lane roadway to a four-lane roadway with a raised, landscaped median where access conditions permit. Bicyclists and pedestrians would be accommodated with a proposed five-foot wide sidewalk on the north side of the road and a 10'-foot wide multi-use path on the south side. Both the sidewalk and multi-use path would meander, where possible, to avoid impacts to the grand trees between Main Road and River Road.

These proposed improvements would allow Maybank Highway to accommodate the existing annual average daily traffic volume of 14,200 vehicles (2006) and the projected annual average daily traffic volume of 39,500 vehicles in the design year 2030.  

Urban Land Institute Review

In October 2008, Charleston County Council authorized the engagement of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) -South Carolina to provide the consulting services of a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) regarding improvements to Maybank Highway.

Public Meetings

 

First Public Meeting - September 26, 2007

  • Click here to view the Public Comment Summary Report from Public Meeting No. 1 . (in PDF format)
  • Click here to view the Public Comment Summary Report from Public Meeting No. 1 . (in HTML format)

Comments are no longer being accepted to be used in the development of the Public Comment Summary Report. The deadline was October 10, 2007. If you would like to submit a general comment or question regarding the Maybank Highway Widening project, please feel free to submit a comment by clicking here.

Alternative 4 Roll Plots

Alternative 5 Roll Plots

  • Alternate 5 Roll Plot 1 (these files are extremely large and may take extra time to view. Once they are loaded you can use the "zoom" feature to view details)
  • Alternate 5 Roll Plot 2 (these files are extremely large and may take extra time to view. Once they are loaded you can use the "zoom" feature to view details)

 



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