CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Transportation has approved a feasibility study conducted by the City of Charleston to turn one travel lane on the Ashley River Bridge into a bike and pedestrian lane.
"SCDOT's positive response is a substantial step forward in creating a bicycle and pedestrian lane for the Ashley River Bridge," Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said.
On Friday, the SCDOT notified Charleston County council chairman Teddie E. Pryor and Riley that it agreed with the feasibility study.
"I look forward to working with County Council to get the necessary resources to move this project forward," Pryor said.
The SCDOT will allocate staff resources to work with both the City and the county to finalize the study's recommendations.
"I am most appreciative of Secretary St. Onge's dedication to finding ways to improve pedestrian and bicycle mobility and safety in our community," Riley said.
County and city staff will meet with the SCDOT in January to begin finalizing the design. The project, is being completed by Charleston County at the request of the City of Charleston and is being funded by the Charleston County Transportation Sales Tax.