County News Release
Name: Tracey Amick
Phone: (843) 696-1199
Release Number: 3370
Release Date: December 9, 2011
Drawings and maps:
Construction Begins on Bees Ferry Road Widening Project
Project will improve entire length of Bees Ferry Road from intersection with
U.S. 17 to S.C. 61
Charleston County Government
held a ceremony on Friday, Dec. 9 to break ground on the
Bees Ferry Road Widening Project.
Speakers at the December 9 ceremony
The project, which is expected to be completed April 2014, will include
improvements to the entire 4.5 mile length of Bees Ferry Road from Savannah
Highway (U.S. 17) to Ashley River Road (S.C. 61). The project was requested by
City of Charleston and was funded by the
Charleston County Transportation Sales Tax Program. Partial funding for the
project was approved by voters in the
second Transportation Sales Tax bond referendum.
The major improvements provided by the project are:
Widening Bees Ferry
Road from two lanes to four lanes for the majority of the project with left
and right turn lanes at intersections where warranted.
Widening Bees Ferry Road
from four lanes to six lanes between Grand Oaks Boulevard and the future West
Ashley Circle intersection to the north of Glenn McConnell Parkway.
Installing a 10-foot wide
multi-use path for bicyclists and pedestrians on the west side of Bees Ferry
Road, which that will tie into the multi-use path along Ashley River Road, and a
five-foot wide sidewalk along the east side of the road.
Realigning the intersection of Bees Ferry Road and Savannah
Highway to a 90-degree angle and installation of a new stoplight. The new
intersection will be shifted east, in the direction of Main Road, about 1,500
feet from its present location.
Upgrading stoplights on
Bees Ferry Road where it intersects with Ashley River Road, Glenn McConnell
Parkway, West Ashley Circle, and Main Road/Hunt Club Run. The upgraded
stoplights will consist of decorative poles with mast arms and include
pedestrian “walk and stop” signals to improve crosswalk safety.
Constructing two left-turn
lanes at the intersection of Bees Ferry Road and Ashley River Road for drivers
traveling north on Ashley River Road toward Summerville.
Constructing a free-flow,
right-turn lane at the intersection of Bees Ferry Road and Savannah Highway for
drivers traveling south on Savannah Highway toward Savannah.
Constructing a landscaped
median from Savannah Highway to Glenn McConnell Parkway and wherever possible
with consideration for road access.
Improving roadway and
offsite drainage that will include new drainage boxes, ditch clearing, curb and
gutter, larger drainage pipes, and water quality structures that remove debris
and pollutants from storm water runoff before it is released.
Protecting numerous grand
oak trees within the limits of the project.
Replacing the existing
bridge over the Church Creek Canal with a new longer, wider bridge complete with
bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.
Quotes about the project:
Teddie E. Pryor, Sr. Charleston County Council Chairman: “We are
excited to announce the start of this project because it was designed with
extensive public input and will greatly improve the increased traffic along
this busy road for citizens who are either traveling through or needing to
access to their neighborhoods. Additionally, we are excited that it will
improve transportation not only for drivers, but for bicyclists and
Joseph P. Riley, Jr., City of Charleston Mayor: “The construction of
the Bees Ferry Road widening project represents a significant improvement to
the transportation infrastructure and overall mobility for the West Ashley
area, including substantial amenities for pedestrians and cyclists, further
enhancing connectivity for our neighborhoods and businesses.”
The public can
get more information and see photos of the construction process online at
Visit the official website at
www.ccroadwise.org for public meeting notices and up-to-date news and
information about all Charleston County Transportation Sales Tax road projects.