WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - A busy road right near a shopping and residential area in the West Ashley area of Charleston is now safer for those traveling in the area. Charleston County Roadwise has completed the US 17, Highway 61 and Wesley Drive project. The project area is heavily traveled by motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
Road crews have made changes to traffic lanes, improved drainage, and sidewalks were widened to ten feet to increase pedestrian and bicyclist safety. The sidewalks are also now compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Roadwise planned for months and conducted multiple public meetings to find out just what residents and others who travel the area were looking for.
"We were able to get some valuable feedback and implement some of those items into the project. The project was fast track during construction because it is right in the middle of neighborhoods," Charleston County project manager Cal Oyer said.
"The pedestrian enhancements here were critical. Now with these improvements, residents of these areas, neighborhoods, have the greater capacity to get from one neighborhood to another," Mayor Joe Riley said.
The West Ashley Greenway bike path crosses this busy road, and city officials hope that more people will continue to enjoy it now that it is a safer area.
The road project cost $3.4 million, paid for by a county-wide half-cent sales tax. Construction of the project started in January.