JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Driving on James Island during rush hour can be a nightmare, but Charleston County has a plan up its sleeve to alleviate all the congestion around Folly and Camp Roads.
Charleston County Project Manager Cal Oyer says the improvements he and his team have planned will help drivers by speeding up their drive time.
In one day, more than 50,000 cars will travel through the Folly Road and Camp Road intersection on James Island causing major congestion and delays.
The plan is to line up the Eugene Gibbs Street and Rivers Point Row intersection with Folly Road, and add multiple turn lanes by widening both Folly Road and Camp Road.
"You'll get through the intersection about twenty-five to fifty percent faster," says Oyer.
Cyclists and pedestrians will also benefit from the 18-month project, which is expected to begin in the late summer or early fall of this year.
Bicycle lanes and sidewalks will be added to both sides of Folly Road, while another sidewalk will be placed in front of the fire station on Camp Road.
The traffic lanes will be a foot smaller than usual to save room for the large oak trees.
"The layout of the road and the sidewalks was going to have to take away 41 of those trees," said Oyer. "But through design changes, winding the sidewalk around, and changing the location of some of the drainage pipes, we've knocked that down to just five trees."
Phase one will begin with the relocation of transmission poles, and drainage work to prevent ponding on Folly Road will take place during phase two.