Charleston County upgraded one of West Ashley's busiest intersections. Has it made a difference? – Charleston Post Courier

Charleston County is putting finishing touches on its improvement project at Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and S.C. Highway 61 — a major West Ashley intersection known for years as a bottleneck for drivers and a safety hazard for pedestrians.

Around lunchtime Monday, people on foot, on bikes and in cars seemed to move smoothly in all directions thanks to new turning lanes and signalized crosswalks.

Two women waiting for the bus on Sam Rittenberg were thrilled that the stop now has a bench and a shelter to keep them out of the sun. 

“It was very hot here waiting on the bus, and very tiring because there was no seat,” said Mozelle Johnson. “It’s a great improvement.”

The $7.6 million project was planned more than 10 years ago when county voters approved the first half-cent sales tax for transportation projects, in 2007. The upgrades, completed over the past 18 months, included:

Additional left-turn lanes on both sides of Highway 61. An extended right-turn lane for drivers heading south on Sam Rittenberg to Highway 61. New pavement. New sidewalks along both roads. Brick

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