"Rethink Folly Road" plans presented, feedback gathered on James Island

"Rethink Folly Road" plans presented, feedback gathered on James Island

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Dozens gathered at the James Island Town Council meeting Thursday evening to hear improvement plans for Folly Road.

The brainstorming for this project called "Rethink Folly Road" started almost a year ago and a plan was drafted in October. The two main proposals are connecting existing sidewalks and building bike lanes.

Some are opposed to this idea.

"It needs to function for the purpose of moving vehicles," said one Folly Beach Resident. "That's the mode of transportation."

Others like, Mary Anne Henry, disagreed.

"There are people who like to walk and there are people who like to bicycle and people cannot do that presently," said Henry.

Other goals are to beautify to road, calm traffic by reducing the speed limit, and improve the wastewater runoff, all designed to make Folly Road a complete street. That means a street that can better accommodate cars, pedestrians, bicyclists and public transportation.

People who travel on Folly Road say they are frustrated and tired of just tolerating the traffic.  They have safety concerns and want to see change on the heavily traveled road.  Some of the concerns include potholes, incomplete sidewalks and covered up bike lanes.

The study was completed with the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments, the Cities of Charleston and Folly Beach, the Town of James Island, Charleston County, CARTA and the SCDOT.

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