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Charleston Rejects Highway Expansion

Leaders in Charleston County have reversed course on a $500 million highway expansion plan, following public outcry.

Officials in Charleston, South Carolina have unanimously rejected a plan for a half-billion-dollar highway expansion. Angie Schmitt at Streetsblog has the story:

"In an 8-0 decision late last week, Charleston County officials voted against an eight-mile bypass plan that was sure to induce sprawl and promote car-dependence.

Local media sources have reported that it might be possible for the state to continue the project without the county's permission, under the terms of the contract between SCDOT and Charleston County. And it's still not clear if the county will be forced to reimburse the state for the $12 million already spent on planning.

Advocates for a more livable Charleston still have a huge reason to celebrate."

Schmitt talks to local environmental groups about the decision, as well as CNU president John Norquist.

Thanks to Angie Schmitt

Full Story: Paradigm Shift in Charleston: County Leaders Reject Highway Expansion

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