Environmental group says new review needed of extending Interstate 526 near Charleston

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CHARLESTON, South Carolina — An environmental group says a new review is needed of plans to complete Interstate 526 through Charleston's western suburbs because so much time has lapsed since the original studies.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that attorneys representing the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, which opposes the project, wrote the state's federal highway administrator last week. They urged another review of findings in a draft environmental impact statement completed four years ago.

The $560 million project approved in 2012 has been delayed by updating an agreement between governments to build the road. Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie Pryor says the call for new reviews is a delaying tactic.

The plan calls for a parkway-type road across Johns and James Island, not a high-speed limited access interstate.

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