Council moving forward with plans for Ashley River Bridge bike lane

Published: Jun. 11, 2013 at 9:39 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 12, 2013 at 12:40 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County Council members have decided to move forward with plans to remove a traffic lane on the Ashley River Bridge from West Ashley heading into Charleston in order to replace it with a bike lane.

Two weeks ago, council members approved the action to find funding for the project, but decided to revisit the issue during council meeting on Tuesday.

"As soon as they see those cones go up and a line of traffic getting blocked they're going to be screaming about it," said Councilman Herb Sass. "People are going to be upset."

Sass is one of two Charleston County Council members who opposed taking away one lane of traffic from cars heading onto the peninsula.

"I've ridden my bike over both of those bridges," said Sass. "It's not a fun thing to do. There's a lot of traffic and not much room and we need to do something. I just don't think this is the right answer."

In an effort to speed up completion of the projects, council members agreed to use bond funds now and reimburse that money with allocation funding as it becomes available over the coming years.

The work is expected to be completed in the next year or year and a half.

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