by John Steinberger | November 7, 2019 10:58 am
The City of Charleston announced that it has received an $18.1 million federal grant to construct a stand-alone bicycle and pedestrian bridge across the Ashley River. The project would require a $4 million local match. The bridge is not currently included in the 1% Charleston County transportation sales tax project list. The expenditure would have to be approved by the nine-member Charleston County Council. Find your County Council member’s contact information here.
Bicyclists currently have the option of crossing the Ashley by mounting their bicycles on CARTA buses or by using the sidewalks of the two existing bridges on either side of the round Holiday Inn in West Ashley. Another possible river crossing option would be a private sector water taxi transiting from Higgins Pier at the end of the West Ashley Bikeway and Brittlebank Park. Water taxis are currently connecting Mt. Pleasant and Daniel Island with downtown Charleston.
A longer-term option for bicyclists is rebuilding the aging Ashley River bridges and including a bicycle and pedestrian path in the design. The three-lane World War I Memorial bridge was completed in 1926, while the four-lane Legare bridge was completed in 1961. The existing draw bridges could be replaced by arched bridges to accommodate boating traffic. A new Ashley River bridge design has not been priced out by Charleston County transportation officials.
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