CHARLESTON, South Carolina — A state lawmaker says the price for completing Interstate 526 through Charleston's western suburbs has increased.
Three years ago, the project was expected to cost about $560 million.
Charleston Republican Rep. Chip Limehouse told The Post and Courier of Charleston (http://bit.ly/1igKHAf) that the latest estimate is about $720 million. Limehouse is a member of the board of the state Transportation Infrastructure Bank Board, which borrows money for some South Carolina highway projects.
A draft environmental impact statement on the project was completed five years ago. Environmental groups have called for a new student.
Limehouse supports the project and says about $420 million is now available for the work.
He says another $150 million may be available later but that would still mean there's not enough money to complete the project.
Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com