Draft Environmental Assessment (EA)
The Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) linked below was produced under FHWA NEPA guidelines to determine how the Palmetto Commerce Interchange impacts the environment and the community. The study evaluated several interchange alternatives, and based on the NEPA guidelines, a preferred alternative was selected. Once approved by the FHWA, the Draft EA is presented to the community to review for 30 days. The official comment period is now closed.
Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) Appendices
The official comment period is now closed.
Public Meetings and Hearings
June 2019 Public Hearing - NEW!
June 27, 2019
Northside Baptist Church
7800 Northside Drive
North Charleston, 29420
On Thursday, June 27, Charleston County held a Public Hearing regarding the Palmetto Commerce Interchange Project (PCI). Located in a rapidly growing area of the Interstate 26 corridor, the PCI project is being designed to reduce travel times, improve access, increase traffic mobility in the I-26/Ashley Phosphate Road area, and provide more efficient commute options. The public comment period is now closed.
February 2019 Neighborhood Meeting
November 2017 Neighborhood Meeting
Reasonable Alternative Concepts
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Charleston County focused on minimizing social, economic, and environmental impacts and reaching national, state, and local environmental protection goals, while providing safe and efficient transportation. Thorough traffic analysis and public feedback helped narrow eight possible alternatives down to three reasonable ones. The three remaining reasonable alternatives continued through the NEPA process, where the Project Team studied their impacts to wetlands, streams, existing communities, protected species, noise, traffic, cost, and more for each option.