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Charleston is a crucial link to the 2,900 mile East Coast Greenway

A path that runs 2,900 miles, from Maine to Florida, has a crucial link in the Lowcountry.

That's why representatives from 11 states are getting together Friday, in the Lowcountry, to discuss how Charleston can help bring the East Coast Greenway's vision to fruition.

Right now, South Carolina's portion of the greenway is just more than 10 percent complete.

East Coast Greenway Alliance Executive Director Dennis Markatos-Soriano says Charleston is a key pillar with the path and hopes to see a chunk of it complete in the next 12-18 months.

Nationwide, the goal is to make the entire path free from road traffic. Markatos-Soriano says right now, only about 30 percent of it is off-road.

Markatos-Soriano says one of the major steps in developing the greenway in Charleston is changing the Ashley River Bridge, by allocating a lane on the bridge to bikers, walkers and runners.

A press conference will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Charlotte Street Park. After the press conference, there will be bike ride from the park to Sullivan's Island.

It will end at the Charleston Maritime Center.

For more information on the East Coast Greenway click here:  http://www.greenway.org/

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