After 11 years, Sam Rittenberg has new left turn lanes

After 11 years, Sam Rittenberg has new left turn lanes
March 21 13:21 2018 Print This Article

Charleston County Council Chairman Vic Rawl performed a ribbon-cutting to commemorate the opening of two new left-turn lanes onto Sam Rittenberg Boulevard at the intersection with Ashley River Road, a project which began in 2007 with a traffic study. The project is expected to relieve traffic congestion at the busy intersection, which accommodates more than 40,000 passengers each day. The ceremony was held Wednesday at a St. Andrews Public Service District fire station.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg lauded the project as a model of collaboration between the Public Service District, Charleston County and the City of Charleston. County Councilman Brantley Moody expressed that the $7.6 Million project came in under budget and is part of the solution for traffic congestion in West Ashley. Moody referenced other West Ashley road projects, including a Savannah Highway intersection study and widening Glenn McConnell Parkway to six lanes, stating, “It’s West Ashley’s time!”

Tecklenburg pointed out several members of the West Ashley Revitalization Commission who were in attendance, including Chairman Peter Shahid. While the Sam Rittenberg project was funded by the 2004 0.5% transportation sales tax, he said many other transportation projects in the West Ashley revitalization process will be funded by the follow-on $2.1 Billion transportation sales tax approved by voters in 2016.