The Charleston City Council is working with Charleston County and the Department of Transportation for continued traffic improvements needed on Johns Island. The entire project is one of those that voters approved in November 2006 with a bond referendum on Transportation Sales Tax that authorized the County to issue bonds in an additional $205 million with repayment through those tax revenues.
The three phases of the Maybank Highway project are resurfacing, widening sections, and improvements to an intersection.
Phase one has been completed, and now a start is desired to widen sections of the road to make it easier for the traffic coming off the Paul J. Gelegotis Bridge and up to the right turn lane that exists at the River Road intersection. That area gets congested because two lanes coming off the bridge merge into one lane on Johns Island.
The project also plans to create access for walkers and bicycles. Phase three would greatly improve traffic at that intersection by the creation of two location-parallel routes that would go from Maybank Highway to River Road.
Johns Island is a picturesque destination for a home on waterfront lots that overlook the Kiawah and Stono Rivers, Wadmalaw Sound, or other waterways and tidal creeks. It is only a 10-minute drive to downtown Charleston, and there is a four-lane expressway to Kiawah Island, an executive airport, and two brand-new bridges. Be sure to see Angel Oak, a 1,500-year-old live oak that is a towering 65 feet high, is 25.5 feet in circumference, and offers 17,000 square feet of shade.