FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why is PCP3 important?
Phase 3 is the next planned section of Palmetto Commerce Parkway, which provides a critical north-south connection from Ladson to West Aviation Avenue and Remount Road. This project is critical to the region as it provides access to economic opportunities in the area. PCP3 completes a major leg of the planned infrastructure moving travelers from US 78 to I-26/I-526 while easing traffic congestion on Rivers Avenue, I-26, and Dorchester Road.
Who is managing the project?
Charleston County is leading the project in close communication with major local agencies and entities like SCDOT, City of North Charleston, Joint Base Charleston, and Norfolk Southern. The Charleston District of the US Army Corps of Engineers is anticipated to be the lead federal agency under the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) for the project.
How is PCP3 being funded?
This project is being paid for with committed funds from the South Carolina Department of Commerce and Charleston County’s Transportation Sales Tax Program. Taxpayers voted in 2016 to increase Charleston County’s sales tax and as a result PCP3 was allotted a portion of sales tax funding to pay for the proposed project.
Has the alignment of the new road already been determined?
The PCP3 team will be studying and considering several alternatives for the proposed road. The range of alternatives will be developed using data from previous studies, traffic modeling and evaluation, community and stakeholder input, potential impacts, and input from relevant agencies. The project team will identify its preferred alternative after the environmental studies have been completed and public comment has been taken into consideration.
Will PCP3 displace existing businesses or residences?
The project team will analyze several alternatives and will make every effort to consider public comment and avoid and minimize impacts of the final roadway design. A portion of property acquisitions could result in relocations and more information will be available to the public as the project progresses. More information about public hearings, right of way acquisitions, and relocation assistance can be found in SCDOT’s Highways and You Brochure.
What is the total cost of the project?
The exact cost of each alternative has not yet been identified; however, the estimated cost of the project is approximately $167M.
What is the process for relocations?
Charleston County will follow SCDOT’s relocation policy, which states that all residents and businesses displaced from their homes or property because of right of way acquisitions receive fair and equitable treatment. Under this policy, SCDOT provides a 90-day notice to occupants, offers displaced occupants comparable housing, provides fair, equitable, and timely relocation payments, offers advisory services to displaced occupants, and provides information regarding relocation assistance to the public. More information on right of way acquisition can be found in SCDOT’s Relocation Assistance Manual.
How do I stay involved and informed?
Community engagement and input is critical to the success of this project. The project team is committed to providing numerous opportunities for stakeholders to learn about the project and provide feedback. Individuals can stay informed by signing up for the email list and visiting our project website. Please visit the Contact page and enter your information to sign up for the email list.