DOT targets year's end to finish Crosstown overpass study

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Department of Transportation officials talked Tuesday night about a possible pedestrian bridge over the Crosstown near Coming Street in downtown Charleston.

Officials said they hope to complete a feasibility study by the end of the year.

The decision comes after College of Charleston student Lindsey Ranz was killed crossing the busy roadway last year.

Another student was killed in 2012.

The study will look at demographics in the area, traffic patterns, and how fast cars are actually traveling as they merge onto Interstate 26.

"When you spend the time to look at the signatures and the 1,000-plus on the petition, you'll see there's nobody that's commented a said this intersection is fine just the way it is. It's not," said Lynnette Ranz, Lindsey's mother.

The Ranz family started a nonprofit to raise money for the project in the hopes of getting the overpass built.

The Ranz family's lobbying efforts have drawn the attention of state Rep. Wendell Gilliard. He, too, says something needs to be done to make the Crosstown safer.

In June, the DOT approved the study.