'Roundabout on steroids' coming to West Ashley

WEST ASHLEY, S.C. (WCIV) -- A "roundabout on steroids" is coming to West Ashley, according to Charleston County Officials. The West Ashley Circle Project officially starts on Monday.

Officials say the project will create two new intersections around Bees Ferry Road to make traveling in the area much smoother.

"The current intersection will remain in place to allow people to use what they are doing or continue to do what they're doing," said Steve Thigpen, Director of Transportation Development for Charleston County. "The new road creates an alternative route in the area to take traffic off that intersection."

The purpose of the construction improvements are to alleviate traffic congestion at Glenn McConnell Parkway and Bees Ferry Road intersection by creating a few different options of how to get around that area.

"If you look at the current road that is in the front of the Walmart that intersection, that is one quarter of the circle, and so we will be completing the other three quarters of that circle," Thigpen said.

County officials say funding for the project comes from the Charleston County Transportation Sales Tax.

Other plans for the West Ashley Circle project include an eight-foot sidewalk on one side.

Construction is set to be finished by Sept. 11, 2015.