City council approves bike-ped pathway on Ashley River Bridge

City council approves bike-ped pathway on Ashley River Bridge

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston City Council has voted to approve a bike and pedestrian lane on one of the Ashley River bridges.

The project was approved in an 8 to 5 vote.

About 36 people spoke in support of the pathway. "Charleston Moves," a group that advocated for the bike-ped lane, submitted a petition with almost 1,700 signatures.

Officials with the Department of Traffic and Transportation predict 330,000 people will use the walkway.

The project will convert a lane of the Ashley River Bridge into a bike and pedestrian pathway, connecting West Ashley to Downtown.

Opposition was based on safety concerns and the traffic tie ups that could come with four lanes becoming three.

However, the director of Traffic and Transportation says the impact on travel time over the bridge will be minimal. He estimates it will only add an additional four to 13 seconds to travel time.

An engineering study and design project must still be done. A final design must be approved by the Department of Transportation.

The project is expected to cost $2 million and may be paid for by the county.

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