Changes coming to dangerous Avondale intersection

By Gregory

WEST ASHLEY, S.C. (WCIV) -- People have been dodging cars to get across the street in the Avondale neighborhood for years, causing residents to push for changes. Now lawmakers are listening.

In fact, in the past five years five pedestrians have been hit by a car.

"I was at the crosswalk one time and the signal never changed for me," said Emily Carter, who owns Charleston Community Yoga. "I sat through two rounds of traffic before I pretty much almost got hit by a car while trying to sprint to the other side."

Odessa Brown works in the area and says she's had her fair share of dodging traffic as well.

"Oh my gosh, it's a hassle getting over there," said Brown who works at The Agent Owned Realty Co. "Every time I'm crossing to go get lunch, the cars passing by don't stop; they just zoom right past. It's very dangerous."

This week something is finally being done to address safety concerns in the area. Construction signs went up Monday. It's the start of a four-month project to make the area pedestrian-friendly.

"They'll be doing some improvement on irrigation and drainage," said Geoffrey Richardson, who owns Lava Salon. "The biggest improvements that we're looking forward to is the crosswalks, improved lighting and adding a median with trees to create more a separation."

Construction workers will also be repaving the streets near Magnolia Road, which is good news to Brown.

"I'm just glad for the safety of people walking across these streets because it can be dangerous," said Brown.

The construction work is expected to be complete by the end of November.