Work begins on $350K crosswalk in Avondale

Work begins on $350K crosswalk in Avondale

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Crews are beginning work to improve a West Ashley intersection in Avondale where five people have been hit by cars.

A lot of people cross Savannah Highway near Magnolia Road trying to get to and from bars and shops.

Now a crosswalk is one of many changes set to make the area safer.

Crews have been digging up the ground in the median on Savannah Highway next to Triangle Char and Bar.

The work is slowing down traffic, but one business owner says the new crosswalk being put in is worth the wait.

Ann Gadsden Shimer, owner of Consigning Women said, "It's crazy, people speed down the road."

Gadsden Shimer has been in business for 25 years.

The construction barriers on Savannah Highway near Magnolia Road are a signs of hope for the business owner.

Gadsden Shimer said, "I think it's wonderful, it's something that we needed for a very long time."

Right now black bags are covering what will soon be new signals. The $350,000 project will also come with plants in the median, a new turn lane and a crosswalk.

Gadsden Shimer said, "The growth has been spectacular and we just need to keep our pedestrians safe so they can feel like they can walk from one side of the street to the other without getting hit by a car."

Since 2009 five people have been hit during the night trying to cross Savannah Highway and luckily none of them were killed.

"Lets hurry up and get this thing built so we can be safe and happy," said Gadsden Shimer.

Those who are wanting to cross safely will need to go a block away on the other side of Gerald's Tires and Brakes to use the crosswalk down there.

Everything is expected to ready by November.

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