Pearle Allen sat next to her neighbors in North Charleston City Hall as leaders from the S.C. Department of Transportation explained why construction is needed at the intersection of Interstates 26 and 526.
This construction may require the state to invoke eminent domain, SCDOT project manager Joy Riley said. She flipped through power point slides and landed on one that showed a map of the intersection of the highways, an intersection that currently tears through historic neighborhoods Highland Terrace, Centre Pointe, Liberty Park and Russelldale.
Allen studied the projector screen and saw where her home on Taylor Street, a home that's been in her family for more than 70 years, stood within walking distance of the interstate.
She raised her hand.
"When we go home tonight," she said, "we got nightmares."
Highland Terrace is one of several neighborhoods that may see residents displaced if the SCDOT moves forward with plans to widen I-26 and I-526. SCDOT leaders met with concerned residents as well as local leaders on Wednesday night in North Charleston City Hall to explain what happens if, and when, a homeowner or renter is displaced by highway construction.