A plan to cut the trees along 30 miles of Interstate 26 between I-95 and Summerville is on hold.
The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments plans to create a committee to meet with the state Department of Transportation to consider other options.
The department wants to remove the trees to make the road safer and prepare for future widening of the interstate. State lawmakers put a section in this year's budget that the trees could not be removed without council approval.
U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford told the council Monday that leaving the look of the highway is part of selling the region for economic development.
Former congressman Arthur Ravenel was more blunt, saying removing the trees would make the highway look like a road to a World War II concentration camp.
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