Public hearing scheduled for Berlin G. Myers Parkway

Signs of the upcoming public hearing are posted along Sawmill Branch Trail.

A large turnout is expected for a public hearing this month on the third and final phase of the Berlin G. Myers Parkway.

The proposed project would complete the connection from I-26 to the southwest side of the town of Summerville. Construction of Berlin Myers Parkway Phases 1 and 2 was completed in 1995. During the public hearing, officials from the South Carolina Department of Transportation will describe the purpose and need of the project, along with presenting the design of Phase 3.

Russ Cornette, town engineer and director of public works, said the projected timeline of the final phase shows it going out to bid in October with construction starting early 2021. The project is anticipated to cost $118 Million.

Cornette said he expects much discussion about potential flooding along the canal and the permit process of the Federal Highway Administration. Information will be available about the plan to temporarily close the Sawmill Branch Trail between East Carolina Avenue and Luden Drive. A detour is available through the Newington subdivision.

Community members are invited to drop in between 4-8 p.m. on Jan. 23 at the Rollins Edwards Community Center located at 301 North Hickory Street.

The public hearing will include an open house format with project information and display maps, and the project team will give a presentation and hold a formal verbal public comment session at 5 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

People will have 15 days following the public hearing to submit comments to the project team. All public comments are due by Feb.7. Comments can be submitted to the project team at the public hearing, on the project website, by email to RileyJ@scdot.org, or by standard mail to:

Berlin Myers Parkway Phase 3

C/O Joy Riley, South Carolina Department of Transportation

Regional Production Group 1

PO Box 191

Columbia, SC 29202-0191

For those unable to attend the Public Hearing, the materials will be available for public review starting Jan. 23, 2020, on the project website at www.scdotgis.online/BMP3

Hard copies of the Supplemental Environmental Assessment will be made available for public review starting Jan. 8, 2020, at the following locations:

• George H Seago, Jr Library, 76 Old Trolley Road, Summerville, SC 29485

• Sangaree Library, 595 Sangaree Parkway, Summerville, SC 29486

• SCDOT District 6 Office, 6355 Fain Blvd., Building A North Charleston, SC 29406

• SCDOT Headquarters, 955 Park Street, Columbia SC 29201