Safety First for Folly Road!
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Folly Road is dangerous. The Rethink Folly Road study provides a specific blueprint for improving the conditions of the road for all users. Despite a quality plan and a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the Steering Committee has yet to move forward on even selecting the additional members. Meanwhile, over the course of two days this month, two different pedestrians were killed trying to cross Folly Road. The tragic loss of these two citizens count among the eleven fatal car-pedestrian collisions in the tri-county area so far in 2017.
What is Rethink Folly Road?: It is a "Complete Streets" study, commissioned by the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) in association with the City of Charleston, the Town of James Island, the City of Folly Beach, Charleston County, the Charleston Area Regional Transit Authority (CARTA), and the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT). The purpose of this study is to identify the opportunities and explore the potential to transform the Folly Road corridor into a more sustainable, multimodal corridor, which could serve as a precedent for the Charleston Region.
The plan was completed by February 1, 2016. The MOU between the various entities involved was signed between February and June of 2016. https://bcdcog.com/rethink-folly-road/
Four of the Rethink Folly Road Steering Committee members have been appointed. The Chairman is Town of James Island Mayor Bill Woolsey and the Vice-Chair is City of Charleston Councilmember Kathleen Wilson. The other two members are City of Folly Beach Councilmember Laurie Hull and Charleston County Councilmember Joe Qualey.
We petition the existing members of the Rethink Folly Road Steering Committee to, at minimum:
1. Meet again by September 2017 and at that meeting:
a. select and appoint remaining steering committee members;
b. develop an official, regular meeting schedule for 2017-18.
2. Identify the location of a priority crosswalk installation at a signalized intersection. The design, necessary approvals, and identification of funding sources are all to be completed by December 2017.
3. Identify the location of a priority crosswalk and appropriate signalization/signage installation at a mid-block crossing. The design, necessary approvals, and identification of funding sources are all to be completed by December 2017.
The completion of these steps will properly kickstart the Rethink Folly Road study into action.
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