Lawmaker says price tag for finishing I-526 through Charleston suburbs now $720M

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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 ( 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,

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