The massive traffic snarl seen from North Charleston to Kiawah Island on Friday is being attributed to an Easter weekend visit by Vice President Joe Biden.
The VP’s Washington press office did not respond to several phone messages, but law enforcement and other officials said the blocked routes along Interstate 26 and other roads leading to Kiawah were done to accommodate the vice president’s motorcade.
Also, Biden’s office gave U.S. Rep. Tim Scott a call Friday that he would be coming into the Lowcountry.
Biden’s plane landed on the Charleston Air Force Base side of the International Airport around mid-afternoon, contributing to the Friday rush-hour traffic snarl, witnesses said.
Biden’s official schedule shows no public events for the next few days, which means drivers can probably expect the same type of traffic tie-ups to be repeated, possibly as soon as Sunday or Monday.
Biden and his wife have vacationed on Kiawah before. He also is considered close friends with former South Carolina U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings, who lives on the Isle of Palms.