Recently, the SC Ports Authority started using a new gate entry system – until Monday, they had not ran at full capacity. This caused backups and stress on our roadways specifically I-526E at Long Point Road – and yes, a lot of traffic. They are working out the kinks daily so please have patience.
As most of are aware, quality highways, roads and entry gates are crucial to get the goods to our port. The port is CRUCIAL to our entire state. Trucks from around our state bring goods to our Wando terminal – when our roads can’t accommodate traffic (like now) it slows down all parts of commerce. Since Charleston County only received an estimated $4 million from an estimated $30 billion from the state, we have to work together as a County to create funding for roadways. We are already working on options. We have utilized that small amount of money to work on our roadways but we will need more funding to continue to work on these projects. For instance, we received no money for the widening of Hwy 41 but as a county, we took on the $160 million it will take to complete it. Every day we don’t fund road projects, we compound the problem. Stay tuned as we are planning new options for Charleston County and work together on our own.
From the SC Ports Authority “In 2015 SCPA handled international commerce valued at more than $74 billion while receiving no direct taxpayer subsidy. An economic development engine for the state, Port operations facilitate 187,200 statewide jobs and generate nearly $53 billion annual economic activity.”
As you sit in traffic, please think about this.
Charleston County Council is considering placing a sales and use tax referendum question on the November 8, 2016, ballot to finance the costs of highways, roads, streets, bridges, mass transit systems, greenbelts, and other transportation-related projects within Charleston County. County staff has worked with the City of Charleston, Town of Mount Pleasant, City of North Charleston, and the Berkeley Charleston Dorchester Council of Governments to discuss both a method of financing and potential projects within the various jurisdictions.County Council directed staff to organize and hold five public meetings to provide citizens the opportunity to comment on the projects identified by the various jurisdictions and potentially financed by a proposed sales and use tax referendum. Your comments are important to Charleston County. Please take a moment to complete this form. The information below details the projects identified under consideration and approximate cost of each.
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Here’s their statement –
Advanced Gate System at Wando Welch Terminal
CHARLESTON, SC – June 20, 2016 – The South Carolina Ports Authority began full implementation of its Advanced Gate System on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Wando Welch Terminal. Although we have had internal and external training in effect since June 6th, it always takes time to get everybody acquainted with the new processes when a major system is being installed. Today is the first day at full capacity so we are experiencing delays in truck processing but we are working through the issues as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience during this time.
Our new Advanced Gate System is designed to deliver faster truck turn times, more robust and more transparent information flow, improved mission flexibility, and enhanced management tools and reports.
About South Carolina Ports Authority
South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), established by the state’s General Assembly in 1942, owns and operates public seaport facilities in Charleston, Georgetown and Greer. In 2015 SCPA handled international commerce valued at more than $74 billion while receiving no direct taxpayer subsidy. An economic development engine for the state, Port operations facilitate 187,200 statewide jobs and generate nearly $53 billion annual economic activity. Home to the Southeast’s deepest port, SCPA is the industry leader in delivering speed-to-market, seamless processes and flexibility to ensure reliable operations, big ship handling, efficient market reach and environmental responsibility. For more information on SCPA, please visit www.scspa.com.