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RETHINK FOLLY ROAD: A COMPLETE STREETS STUDY
Overview
Rethink Folly Road Document
Folly road is a major thoroughfare leading onto James
Island (adjacent to the historic peninsula of Charleston),
connecting it with the West ashley area of Charleston to
the north and with the City of Folly beach to the south. In
2010, almost 19,000 residents lived on or within a halfmile
of the 7.87-mile segment of the road between Center
Street on Folly beach and the Wappoo Cut bridge. average
daily traffic (adt) volumes range from 44,000 across the
Wappoo Cut bridge and approximately 9,300 adt across
the causeway to Folly beach. In cases of emergency, Folly
road also serves as the area’s primary evacuation route.


Today, Folly road struggles with inefficient traffic
operations, infrequent sidewalks, limited bike lanes, sparse
landscaping, and inadequate infrastructure to support
Charleston area regional transit authority’s (Carta) bus
system. aging strip malls and auto-oriented commercial
uses line the corridor. the roadway, including many of the
properties that front it, does not convey James Island’s
unique sense of place.

As expressed by hundreds of residents and area
stakeholders as part of a charrette held in May 2015, Folly
road can better realize its role as James Island’s “center,”
and as the hub of commercial activity. Critical concerns to
be addressed include:

  • DESIGNING A “COMPLETE STREET” THAT BALANCES THE NEEDS OF ALL MODES OF TRAVEL
  • FACILITATING MULTIMODAL (WALKING, BIKING, AND TRANSIT) CONVERSIONS ALONG THE CORRIDOR
  • INTEGRATING ENHANCED PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION INTO FUTURE IMPROVEMENTS
  • COORDINATING AMONG VARIOUS GOVERNMENTAL BODIES WITH REGARD TO ZONING AND DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS, AND
  • SETTING STANDARDS FOR NEW DEVELOPMENT ALONG THE CORRIDOR

This Plan serves as a framework for the accomplishment of
these concerns. It describes a series of recommendations
formulated to make the corridor a more desirable
environment by addressing pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and
vehicular circulation, land use/development standards,
public landscaping and open spaces, stormwater
management, and implementation/funding considerations.
the document aims to serve as a model for other key
corridors in South Carolina and elsewhere to provide
multimodal mobility options for area residents, businesses,
and visitors.