Harbor View Road Improvements
COMMENT SUMMARY REPORT NOW AVAILABLE located in Project Documents

Project Description

 

Harbor View Road is an Urban Minor Arterial on James Island that connects Folly Road with Fort Johnson Road, a distance of approximately 3.7 miles. The project proposes to improve Harbor View Road between North Shore Drive and Fort Johnson Road (2.1 miles) by providing a center two-way left-turn lane, adding right turn lanes at major intersections, and adding pedestrian and bicycle facilities for the length of the project. The purpose of the project is to improve traffic flow and safety on Harbor View Road and to provide adequate bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

 

 

Project Status

At the October 25, 2011 meeting of Charleston County Council, Council directed that efforts be undertaken in pursuit of the Alternative B Design.

 

Alternative B Design Revisions Include:

 

  1. Eliminate the 10 multi-use path on the north side of Harbor View Road and replace with 4 wide one-way bicycle lanes adjacent to the lanes of traffic in each direction on Harbor View Road between North Shore Drive and Fort Johnson Road.
  2. Eliminate the center two-way left-turn lane (TWLTL) between Affirmation Boulevard and Mikell Drive and reduce the width of the TWLTL between North Shore Drive and Mikell Drive from 15 to 13.
  3. Eliminate the 4 wide grass buffer separating the sidewalk on the south side of Harbor View Road.

 

Council also directed that efforts be undertaken to evaluate the following for either Alternative A or Alternative B:

 

  1. Include traffic signals at the intersections of Fort Sumter Drive and Mikell Drive with Harbor View Road as alternate construction items to be installed when warranted by traffic volumes.
  2. Include striped crosswalks across Harbor View Road at locations subject to SCDOT approval.
  3. Pursue a reduction in speed limit from 40 mph to 35 mph.

 

Alternative A Design and Alternative B Design

 

 

Project Alternatives

 

 

Two-Way Left-Turn Lane (Center Turn Lane) Limits & Width

 

Alternative A: A 15-foot wide center turn lane is to be provided on Harbor View Road  between North Shore Drive & Mikell Drive.

 

Alternative B: A 13-foot wide center turn lane is to be provided on Harbor View Road between North Shore Drive & Affirmation Boulevard This is approximately a quarter of a mile shorter than the current design.

 

 

Bicycle Accommodations

 

Alternative A: A 10-foot wide shared-use path on the north side of Harbor View Road between North Shore Drive & Fort Johnson Road, separated from the curb by a 4-foot wide grass buffer.

 

Alternative B: 4-foot wide one-way bicycle lanes adjacent to the lanes of traffic in each direction on Harbor View Road, between North Shore Drive and Fort Johnson Road.

 

 

Pedestrian Accommodations

 

Alternative A: A 10-foot wide shared-use path on the north side and a 5-foot wide sidewalk on the south side of Harbor View Road between North Shore Drive & Fort Johnson Road, separated from the curb by a 4-foot wide grass buffer.

 

Alternative B: A 5-foot wide sidewalk on the south side only of Harbor View Road between North Shore Drive and Fort Johnson Road, directly abutting the curb.

 

 

Revisions for both Alternative A & Alternative B

 

Traffic Signals Alternative A & Alternative B

 

Traffic signals are proposed to be installed at the intersections of Harbor View Road at Fort Sumter Drive and Harbor View Road at Mikell Drive when warranted by traffic volumes.

 

Speed Limit Alternative A & Alternative B

 

The posted speed limit is proposed to be reduced from 40 mph to 35 mph subject to SCDOT approval.

 

Crosswalks Alternative A & Alternative B

 

Crosswalks will be striped across Harbor View Road at locations subject to SCDOT approval.

 

 

Past Public Meetings

Information handed out during past public meetings is not necessarily representative of current project plans that may have changed based upon public input during the meetings. However, we are including any handouts/graphics/information for historic reference so the public can see what was provided during the meeting(s).

 

A public meeting was held at the Harbor View Elementary School from 7-9 p.m. on June 29, 2006. Ninety-nine citizens were in attendance.

 

To view the public comment summary for the first public meeting, click here.

 

The second public meeting was held September 28, 2006, to brief citizens on alternatives for the Harbor View Road Improvements Project and to gather comments regarding the proposed alternatives.

 

To view the public comment summary for the second public meeting, click here.

 

Project Schedule