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Old 07-25-2007, 04:04 PM
Location: Mt Pleasant, SC
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Traffic help needed here. Where's the traffic flow headed and leaving and at what hours of the day in the greater Charleston areas?

We are considering a job transfer to the Goose Creek/Ladson area and will probably base our decision of where to live by attempting to buck the traffic and go in the opposite direction "as everyone else". Obviously (or not so obviously), being close to an on-ramp to the interstates would appear to be faster than taking lots of "back roads" with traffic lights.

The only memory I have from the past was of leaving the IOP around 7-8am and taking 526 heading to I-95 and it appeared the majority of the traffic was heading into Charleston from the other direction (Summerville areas). It took us 15min to connect to 26 and made it to 95 in an hour.

On yet another visit, mid-day traffic in M/Pleasant seemed horrendous in March. January on one visit, it was easy traveling. I guess the tourist season has a lot to do with this also.

We're also considering land in the John's Island area or the Hollywood area, so traffic reports from that area would be nice to hear about also.
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Old 07-25-2007, 07:45 PM
Location: Mt. Pleasant, SC
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You're pretty much correct. Traffic on 526 and 26 heads "into" Charleston Peninsula/Mt.Pleasant during the morning rush, and out towards Summerville/Mt.Pleasant in the evening.

Traffic flows on 17 towards the peninsula in the morning and out again in the evening. During midday Mt. Pleasant has a good deal of traffic on 17 from 526 down towards the Ravenel bridge.

Going out towards Ladson/Goose Creek during the morning rush shouldn't find you too many problems and vice versa on the way back, at least until you join up with others on 526/17 trying to make it back to Hollywood or the Islands, but by then you're almost home anyway.
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Old 07-30-2007, 09:37 AM
Location: Cottageville
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Mary Jane, lots of our back roads have no traffic lights and can be much faster than the interstates. Example. living in Ladson and working in West Ashley or Hollywood areas would be a fifteen to twenty mile ride down a winding country road at fifty five...with the first light in Ladson and the next light all the way in Hollywood, lol
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