CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County Council members are still undecided whether they will fund the Ashley River bike lane project.
The $2 million project would close down one lane of the Legare Bridge, giving pedestrians and bikers a safer way to travel to and from downtown and West Ashley.
The Charleston County Finance Committee voted to send a letter to the South Carolina Department of Transportation saying it is not in favor of adding a bike lane to the bridge. It also voted to recommend a study on adding a bike lane to the James Island Connector.
Charleston County was presented a new study indicating adding a bike lane to the Legare Bridge would be too stressful for the draw-bridge. The study claims changing one lane from vehicular traffic to bikers and pedestrians would add about a 30 to 40-second delay on traffic near the Holiday Inn.
County Councilman Brantley Moody says that delay is nothing compared to what would happen to other areas.