After years of wait, the two-week process of converting Spring and Cannon streets to two-way traffic is set to begin in just a matter of days.
Starting Mon. Oct. 2, Spring Street will be the first of the two downtown corridors to show signs of changes, followed by Cannon Street in the second week of the process. According to the city, each street will be divided up into two-block segments, with one segment undergoing the conversion process each day. Drivers can expect to see traffic cones placed along the centerline of these streets as work is done to further reinforce the new traffic pattern. During this time, at least one lane of traffic will remain open at all times, although street-side parking will be closed as necessary.
“Our neighborhood is thrilled,” said vice president of the Cannonborough-Elliotborough Neighborhood Association Cator Sparks in a press release sent out by the city. “This project has been in the works for years, and we’ve been involved since the beginning. Hopefully, it will discourage speeders and bring more attention to our local businesses.”
Vehicles on Spring Street moving toward Meeting Street in the new eastbound lane will be required to turn right. As for what commuters can expect to see on Cannon Street, drivers using the new westbound lane will be prohibited from turning left onto President Street until the conversion is complete. Several modification will be made at the intersection of Cannon and King streets to allow for new turning movements. The one-block sections of both Cannon and Spring streets between the Crosstown and President Street will remain one-way.
Along with the two-way conversion, the Cannon-Spring corridor will also receive addition improvements, such as new curbs, sidewalks, street lighting, trees, bike racks, trash cans, traffic signals, and pedestrian crossing signals.
“We are excited to finally deliver these major roadway improvements to the neighborhoods impacted most by these streets,” said Keith Benjamin, director of traffic and transportation for the city of Charleston. “Converting Cannon and Spring streets to two-way traffic will vastly increase the safety of everyone, pedestrians and motorists alike, while also improving the quality of life of the citizens who live and work along this corridor.”