Support grows for new pedestrian overpass on Crosstown, SCDOT to begin study

Support grows for new pedestrian overpass on Crosstown, SCDOT to begin study

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Support is growing for a pedestrian overpass to be built on the Crosstown at the last intersection before the entrance ramp to I-26 and the Arthur Ravenel Bridge.

Representative Wendell Gilliard, who supports the overpass, organized a town hall meeting Tuesday with supporters and the Department of Transportation.

The intersection has seen three pedestrian deaths within 14 months.

"Everyday continues to be a struggle," says Lynette Ranz. "Every day I miss her. Every day I think of her."

Ranz's 21-year-old daughter, Lindsey Ranz, was killed in January after being hit by a pickup truck at the intersection of the Crosstown and Coming Street.

She's now made her story into a movement to make the area safer.

"After finding out about all of the deaths and the injuries and the near accidents and how people feel about that intersection, it, did indeed, become a mission and a passion."

Ranz and her family have distributed fliers, met with state representatives and started an online petition, which has just over a 1000 signatures.

"No one has commented positively about this intersection. Everyone that has signed this is in agreement with major changes and, hopefully, ultimately, an overpass."

The South Carolina Department of Transportation will begin a study of the crossing later this month to take a look at the demographics of the area.

Ron Patton, the chief engineer for location and design, says the study is imperative to whether this project becomes a reality.

"Then we look at where could the bridge land on either side of the road, and all of that together gives a cost-benefit analysis of putting it there and also the feasibility of doing it."

Gilliard says there is bipartisan support for an overpass at the intersection.

"Most of my peers at the state level understood what community involvement is all about when we had a person of her character, came to us and brought the concerns."

The feasibility study is expected to be complete by January 1.