Emergency funding needed to build pedestrian bridge over Crosstown

Charleston, S.C. (WCIV) — The City of Charleston Police Department reported a pedestrian was killed when crossing Crosstown, near Coming Street downtown around 5:55 a.m. Thursday.

No charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing.

The accident prompted S.C. State Rep. Wendell Gilliard to ask for emergency funding to build a pedestrian bridge over the area.

"Now is truly the time to make a bridge happen," Gilliard states.

Gilliard, who represents the Charleston area, said the accident brings the total number of pedestrian fatalities in the area to four since 2012.

“I have pushed for funding to construct a pedestrian bridge in that location so that persons wishing to cross that six-lane highway, also known as the Crosstown, can do so without fear of injury or death,” Gilliard wrote in a letter Thursday to the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

“Even though the state-commissioned study performed back in 2014 did not recommend my request, I feel that a more thorough look at this area would definitively prove that now is truly the time to make a bridge happen.”

 He adds, “It is my request that the South Carolina Senate vote to approve emergency funding so that the South Carolina Department of Transportation could begin construction of this pedestrian bridge as quickly as possible.”

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