Image by Charleston County The originally proposed route, show in green.
Update December 17: A project once thought unlikely to win approval from the bridge's owner, the SCDOT, has been approved.
However, the City of Charleston has yet to estimate a total cost, timeline, or intersection impact for the project that will convert one lane of traffic on the eastbound bridge for use by runners and cyclists.
Update September 1: While far from a ringing endorsement, where the former leader of the S.C. Department of Transportation was opposed to such ideas, the proposition of converting a land of the Ashley River bridges to bike and pedestrian traffic has received a timid welcome.
I'll point you over to The Post and Courier for the rundown of the meeting; read it here.
And don't forget there's a "Bike Night" on Saturday to honor Charleston's fallen cyclists.
Update August 16: It's been some months since there was movement in the effort to find a pedestrian and bike friendly crossing from West Ashley into downtown Charleston.
During that time, North Charleston has begun to explore a crossing on the World War II Memorial Bridge and sad news has come of a biker that perished after being struck on the James Island Connector.
But hopes of converting a lane of traffic on the southern, northbound bridge that heads into downtown Charleston are well alive and plans are due to be unveiled today.
The Post and Courier has a robust rundown on what's up (read the report here.)
Update February 17: The Charleston City Paper's Web guru Joshua Curry has a video recording of the bridge crossing from the front of his bike's handlebars.
It gives you a real feel for how narrow (and shaky) the experience is; watch it here.
Update February 4, pushing forward: The Post and Courier reports that the resolve for the city is still there to make some sort of bike-pedestrian friendly crossing.
And so the city is asking SCDOT once again to study taking away a lane of traffic from cars.
Read the paper's report here — it also details the level of effort the city went through studying the parallels crossing option.
First reporting, January 31: A long-sought method of allowing for safer pedestrian and bike crossing of the Ashley River into downtown Charleston has just hit a huge roadblock.
The Post and Courier is reporting that an engineering study on adding a parallel structure to the southern T. Allen Legare Jr. Bridge has shown that it would just be too heavy to allow the drawbridge to open.
Read the paper's report here — it also discusses an alternative and controversial idea to remove one lane of traffic and devote it to non-vehicular traffic.