More construction getting set to begin on W. Ashley traffic circle

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - More construction is getting ready to begin west of the Ashley to help curb over-development along Bees Ferry Road, and to prevent a lot of stop and go traffic.

"The West Ashley Traffic Circle was a concept development by the City of Charleston. Basically, it's a centralized circle for commercial and retail shops that the city envisions. That way it stops strip malls from going up, all up and down Bees Ferry Road," says Charleston County Transportation Development Project Manager Devri Detoma.

One-fourth of West Ashley Circle in front of Walmart is already complete. Last night, Charleston County approved the construction of the remaining three-quarters at the end of Glenn McConnell Parkway.

Detoma says, the city has "talked to the Army Corps of Engineers and they expect to have the core permit within the next month."

The circle will be incorporated into the current Bees Ferry Road Widening Project. There will be four lanes of traffic, two lanes in each direction with a picturesque median. There will also be a multi use path on one side and a sidewalk on the other.

Detoma says, "There will be two more traffic lights on Bees Ferry Road for the circle and then there will be an additional intersection on Glenn McConnell that will not be signalized."

Because of the traffic lights being installed, West Ashley Circle will not be considered a round-about.

Detoma says drivers shouldn't worry about the project causing traffic problems while under construction.

"Most of the West Ashley Traffic Circle is where it's not developed. So the only time it will even impede onto Bees Ferry Road will be when they're tying in the intersections. But most of the work can be done without any traffic delays," says Detoma.

Engineers hope to have the project finished by mid July 2015.