Charleston Co. ends Ashley River bridge bike lane test

Charleston Co. ends Ashley River bridge bike lane test

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Crews removed the traffic controls for the Ashley River Bridge test lane Sunday morning.

Charleston County officials were testing the impact of closing a northbound lane of the Ashley River Bridge for a dedicated bike lane. Neither cyclists nor pedestrians will be permitted to use the lane during the test.

The experiment started at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, the day of the Cooper River Bridge Run, and ended 45 days later.

Charleston County staff, City of Charleston staff and a County consultant have been monitoring the daily traffic counts and travel times on all the approaching routes, including the James Island Connector, according to a news release. The data will be analyzed and the city will report their findings in late June.

The proposed lane change, if it were to become permanent, would connect downtown Charleston to the West Ashley Greenway, provide recreational and aesthetic value to the community, provide a safe alternative mode of transportation for commuters and visitors, and would provide a major connection for Battery 2 Beach Route and the East Coast Greenway, county officials say.

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