Oct 21 2021
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the permitting process enabling the final phase (Phase III) of the Berlin G Myer Parkway to be completed has been signed by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.
The third phase will extend the road by 3.25 miles from East Carolina Avenue to Highway 17A with the goal of decreasing traffic on Main Street. The project is designed to improve roadway connectivity, reduce traffic congestion, and enhance safety within the Summerville area.
Construction is scheduled to begin in 2022.
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina)
“One of the best things about this job is working with local, state and federal officials to get big things done for the future of South Carolina. I have been working with the South Carolina Department of Transportation, the U.S Army Corp of Engineers and many local officials seeking ways to turn the final phase of Berlin G. Myers Parkway into a reality. We have been meeting with stakeholders to discuss how we could get this project done. We have made progress in those efforts and have now received all the necessary authorizations we need to move this project forward.
“We would not be at this point without the collaboration and hard work of the entire team. I truly appreciate all the hard work of the US Army Corps of Engineers, South Carolina Department of Transportation, State Senator Sean Bennett, Summerville Mayor Ricky Waring, and many others along the way. I know this project will be a game-changing event for Summerville and the surrounding communities.”
South Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Christy A. Hall
“Congestion relief is coming to Summerville! Many thanks to the Berlin G Myers Parkway project team for finally breaking through the permitting barriers in order to enable the final phase of the parkway to go to construction in spring 2022. The recent approvals by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Highway Administration breakthrough more than 17 years of delay on this $120 Million project.
"We greatly appreciate Transportation Commissioner Robby Robbins' leadership, both on the local community level and from a state perspective, in helping to move the project forward. It is a prime example of the type of infrastructure investment that is needed in South Carolina and what can be done when everyone works together for a better tomorrow."
South Carolina State Senator Sean Bennett (Dorchester)
“In 2004, the people of Dorchester County voted overwhelmingly to take control of their own community by approving and funding twenty-two road projects to improve traffic congestion. The recent approval by the Army Corps of Engineers is the final step needed to move toward competition of the final project in that list, the long-overdue completion of the Berlin G. Myers Parkway extension.
“This project has been delayed by the federal permitting process despite the overwhelming public support to improve our region’s traffic needs. Today’s approval is a realization of more than 16 years of hard work and continued focus on this project by the Town of Summerville, SC Department of Transportation, community leaders, and others.
“Senator Lindsey Graham’s help in navigating the US Army Corp of Engineers proved to be invaluable. The public has long-identified the Berlin G. Myers Parkway as an important transportation project - a crucial proposal to improve traffic congestion — and today we can finally take action toward its competition.”
Mayor Ricky Waring, Town of Summerville
“Today is a good day for Summerville and for mitigating one of our major issues, traffic.
“I want to thank Senator Lindsey Graham and his staff for their willingness to get involved and staying the course. I would also like to thank Secretary Christy Hall, Highway Commissioner Robby Robbins, SC Senator Sean Bennett, Dorchester County Councilman and CHATS Chairman George Bailey, and fellow Town Councilman Terry Jenkins for their unwavering support.
“Lt. Col Rachel Honderd and her successor Lt. Col Drew Johannes, both made this project a priority, I am very grateful for their commitment to get to this permit approved. A big thank you to the USACE staff and Mr. Christopher Mims.
“This has been a glowing example of multiple agencies, organization and levels of government working together for solutions.”