Residents worry traffic circle "to nowhere" was waste of resources

Residents worry traffic circle "to nowhere" was waste of resources

Some people who live and work in a West Ashley neighborhood want to know why a newly built road leads to nowhere and they're concerned other highway needs are being ignored.

West Ashley Circle encompasses the busy intersection of Bees Ferry Road and Glenn Mcconnell Parkway.

It opened in the Spring but those who travel the area wonder why it's open when there's almost nothing to go to.

With a toolbox on his pick-up truck, Scott Moody travels the Lowcountry for his boat repair business.

As the owner of Holy City Inboards in West Ashley, Scott sees the need to address traffic concerns so he can meet with his customers.

"I'm happy that they did rebuild Bees Ferry Road," he said. "I'm happy that they widened it and made it more of a boulevard and prettier but I'm not happy about the circle. That's just a waste."

Moody says he doesn't understand why West Ashley Circle was built because there aren't any shops or neighborhoods nearby. He thinks there are more important road priorities.

"The businesses that are going in there should have paid for the circle, not the taxpayers," he said. "Our money should've gone to fixing potholes and finishing 526."

"There's nothing there now," explained Jacob Lindsey. "But we've known for many years that there will be growth in that part of West Ashley. And that's how we put the roads in place first."

Charleston City Planning Director Jacob Lindsey explains the circular roadway was strategically built to help traffic flow on Bees Ferry Road and Glenn McConnell Parkway. But he says its also a path to progress in revitalizing West Ashley.

"The most important thing about the West Ashley Circle is that it does help to anticipate future traffic and future growth by creating new roads and creating new connections before traffic becomes a problem," he said. "We see it as part of the solution."

Drivers like Scott Moody, however, are skeptical.

"The businesses that are going in there should have paid for the circle. Not the taxpayers."

Seven million dollars from the Transportation Sales Tax paid for the West Ashley Circle. City Planner Jacob Lindsey said it'll be at least a year or more before anything is built but there could be construction plans presented to the city later this year.

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