by John Steinberger | May 29, 2019 6:58 pm
Hundreds of West Ashley residents showed up at First Christian Church Wednesday to view the second round of designs for the improvement of the SC 7 and SC 171 intersection at the site of the former Northbridge Piggly Wiggly. The church parking lot quickly filled up and people started parking at the Masonic Center on Orange Grove Road.
The designs, listed as New Alternative 1 and New Alternative 2 on the SC7andSC171Intersection.com website, had many common features. They both included pedestrian lanes and crossings, greenspace, signal lights on both sides of Sumar Street, one-way traffic flow on Old Towne Road from Sumar to the Northbridge, and an additional left turn lane from Orange Grove onto Sam Rittenberg Boulevard. The designs also included barriers in the medians.
One of the stated project goals is to “support access to existing and future businesses.” A lot of the participants expressed that both designs restrict access to Northbridge Plaza and Ashley Landing. Mike Campbell, who owns Captain’s Comics and Toys at Northbridge Plaza, said, “This doesn’t help us a bit. It forces people going back over the Northbridge to make three turns to get to our shopping center.” Other participants expressed that both designs will encourage cut-through traffic in Northbridge Terrace.
Survey forms may be submitted on paper or on the project website and are due on June 30. The form allows respondents to opt for either alternative or select “No Build” if they are not satisfied with either design. The form allows respondents to identify the project elements they like or dislike. For questions on the project or a request for a community meeting, e-mail SC7andSC171@ParishandPartners.com. If a design is selected, the project is expected to be completed by 2022.
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