The South Carolina Department of Transportation began work this week in partnership with the city of Charleston on safety and connectivity improvements along Brigade Street from the future Lowcountry Lowline, under Interstate 26, to Huguenin Avenue, one block west of Morrison Drive.

The improvements are directly targeted to benefit people walking, cycling, taking public transit and driving along the busy street. When construction is finished, the corridor will be the first in the city with protected bike lanes.

The project is designed to increase visibility of pedestrians, make it easier to cross the street on foot and by bike and encourage appropriate vehicle speeds for drivers and public transit.

The finished corridor will include:

  • Paving with new crosswalk markings that are more visible to drivers
  • Bike lanes and pavement markings at driveways and intersections
  • Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons to remind drivers to yield to pedestrians
  • Curb extensions to improve visibility of pedestrians, shorten crossing distance and encourage slower turning speeds for drivers

The changes are in response to the community’s call for better safety for all modes of transportation, according to a press release from the City of Charleston.