This concept video provides a look at the planned Ashley River Bridge Bicycle and Pedestrian Path Project.
The goal of the project is to provide bicycle and pedestrian access between West Ashley and the Charleston peninsula. It involves the retrofit of the northbound US 17 Ashley River Bridge to provide a dedicated shared use lane that would represent a major extension of the West Ashley Greenway. The intersection improvement project will also provide more efficient vehicular travel into downtown Charleston from West Ashley.
The first phase of this the Ashley River Bridge improvement project began Friday, February 12. Construction is expected to last 45 days with weather permitting. Studies that have been conducted for this project can be read more in depth on the Charleston County Transportation Development website.
Phase One: Constructing a new dedicated left turn on the U.S. 17 Northbound exit ramp to Lockwood Drive and Bee Street
Phase Two: Temporary lane closure of the far right northbound lane (in to the peninsula) of the Ashley Rive Bridge for pedestrian and bike access for pilot testing to measure the actual traffic impact and confirm the findings of the previously completed traffic study
Key benefits to this project include:
Connecting downtown Charleston to the West Ashley Greenway
Recreational value for the community
Views from the bridge
Provides safe pedestrian and bike access for commuters to the Charleston area
Supports healthy and sustainable modes of transportation
The shoulder closures on the Highway 17 exit ramp to Lockwood Dr., as necessary, will occur from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Night time lane closures, as necessary, will occur 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Drivers traveling through project's construction zone are asked to be aware at all times.