Improving the intersection of SC 7 (Sam Rittenberg Blvd) and SC 171 (Old Towne Rd) for the travelling public is part of a greater plan to improve this lively section of West Ashley in Charleston County.
The SC 7 & SC 171 Intersection Improvements project allows Charleston County Transportation Development to work together with the City of Charleston, SCDOT, and project area stakeholders to improve multi-modal traffic operations and safety along and surrounding this bustling intersection located in the City of Charleston’s West Ashley neighborhood.
The intersection is surrounded by commercial development including grocery, retail, and dining. Well-established residential neighborhoods are located immediately behind the commercial developments on the outer edge of Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and Old Towne Road. The intersection is locally viewed as one of the ‘gateways’ to the City of Charleston’s West Ashley neighborhood and is well-recognized as an intersection in need of multi-modal transportation improvements.
In 2016, the City of Charleston announced its West Ashley revitalization initiative and shortly thereafter began a comprehensive planning study of the area called Plan West Ashley. The SC 7 & SC 171 intersection was highlighted throughout the plan as a critical focus area for multi-modal improvements. In 2017, the City purchased the 2 ½-acre, old Piggly Wiggly grocery store site located at the north end of SC 7 opening the door further for alternative intersection improvement concept development.
Charleston County Transportation Development and the SC 7 & 171 Intersection Improvements project team are committed to ensuring that project stakeholders and community members are provided ample opportunity to participate in the decision-making process as improvement alternatives are considered and chosen.
The purpose of the SC 7 & SC 171 Intersection Improvements project is to enhance mobility along the project study area with transportation strategies designed to:
Improve the level of service for the travelling public,
Support access to existing and future businesses, and
Create livable communities.
The SC 7 & SC 171 Project Team developed a list of quantitative and qualitative metrics that support the project goals to aid in the development of the intersection improvement alternative designs. The Tier One metrics will be used during the Preliminary Alternatives Design phase and the Tier Two metrics will be used to further analyze the alternatives that advance following the public involvement period.