Wednesday, February 12, 2014
To the Editor:
I finally have to add my voice to that of my husband on this ridiculous controversy. I remember way back when I-26 was being planned and surveyed, and the big political fight taking place.
North Charleston was not even a city. Somebody sneaked a big sign up on Hwy 52 near Remount Road...it read: Welcome to Charleston. 200 Years Unimpeded By Progress!
I thought it was pretty funny but the Mayor had it removed in a hurry. Wonder why?
I can actually equate that to the pending desperate need to widen I-26 to six lanes. Why deepen the port channel? Why expand the port? Why entice big companies like Boeing, BMW, or a dozen other huge companies to bring high paying jobs to Charleston unless you are willing to recognize that infrastructure is the lifeblood that supports all industry?
It never ceases to amaze me that some people are more willing to defend and value a renewable resource like pine trees over human life!
How can you possibly justify the carnage and death taking place on this 19-mile stretch of highway?
Jan. 2007 to Jan. 2011 Ė 44 dead. That was only to Jan. 1, 2011.
Jan 2, 20ll to Dec 2013 added 14 more dead people, increasing the count to about 58. Go back and do your own research if you want to verify the facts and get the real body count! Almost every interstate north of Columbia just got approved by the infrastructure bank for almost a billion dollars to widen and add additional lanes in both directions.
Not one cent from Summerville to Columbia, although the traffic count has already reached 34,500 vehicles per day. Seems like the tri-county population would prefer to add to the body count instead of lanes.
So...should we just put the sign back up?
Colleen A. Foster