Charleston County Public Works is hosting two public information meetings for the Better Northbridge Project, available online and at two locations in person. The first meeting will be from 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Dec. 15, at Lowcountry Food Bank and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

The meetings will offer information on the project’s development process, outline evaluation criteria for proposed alternatives, gather early public comments and provide next steps.

The proposed project calls for construction of a new bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the Ashley River and a new shared-use path connecting the bridge to Azalea Drive in North Charleston.

Public comment on the project will be accepted through Feb. 11, and residents can submit comments through the project website, the public information meeting page or emailing the project team at roads@charlestoncounty.org

The area surrounding the bridge has seen various proposals to make it safer, with pedestrian and cycling advocacy groups proposing taking lanes from cars for better walking access — much to the annoyance of some county leaders, according to a recent column by P&C’s Brian Hicks.

As of Dec. 9, 19 traffic fatalities have been investigated by the Charleston Police Department this year alone, nine of which involved pedestrians or cyclists.


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