The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments – Rethink Folly Road Plan

Rethink Folly Road: A Complete Streets Plan was undertaken by The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) in association with the City of Charleston, the Town of James Island, the City of Folly Beach, Charleston County, the Charleston Area Regional Transit Authority (CARTA), and the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT). The purpose of this study was to identify the opportunities and explore potential improvements to the Folly Road corridor, which connects Charleston to Folly Beach. The goal was to transform the corridor into a more sustainable, multimodal street, which could serve as a precedent for the Charleston region.

In May 2015, a public design charrette was conducted to develop a vision for the Folly Road corridor. The ideas generated at the charrette were refined and presented at a Community Open House in August 2015 to gather additional feedback. Upon adoption by the four impacted jurisdictions, the City of Charleston, the Town of James Island, the City of Folly Beach, and Charleston County, the Rethink Folly Road Plan will serve as a template for each jurisdiction to pursue specific policies and infrastructure improvements towards this shared vision and set a framework for an ongoing partnership coordinated by The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG). As part of this partnership, Turnberry will provide ongoing implementation strategy beyond the adoption of the Plan.

Project tasks included the management of the jurisdictional adoption process, design of the retrofit of the suburban corridor, community engagement and ongoing implementation strategy.