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Dana Beach, the head of the Coastal Conservation League -- long-time detractors of a proposed I-526 expansion -- is pointing out that the state has locked up $420 million for the future funding of the Johns and James island interstate expansion.
He says our leaders should kill the ill-fated plan and use the money to create our own wealth of jobs, by using the nearly half-billion in money to fix our roads, rail, and bridges now.
When the state funds a project like the extension of I-526, we are making a choice not to build other projects. Even though we have severely limited resources, politicians have perpetuated the myth that we can "do it all."
As a result, we have no money to do critical work on I-26, to upgrade the region's freight rail line, to begin work on a passenger rail system or to address the state's enormous maintenance backlog.
I've been unsure if we should or shouldn't build I-526, but I've got to admit his plan is pretty tempting.