A solution to the controversial widening plans for Harbor View Road may be at hand.
A reworked design for the James Island artery will be presented to the public today and County Council on Thursday.
Councilman Joe Qualey said the redesign eliminates a new center turning lane between Mikell Drive and Affirmation Boulevard -- and also eliminates a 10-foot bike and pedestrian path alongside the road.
Instead, Harbor View would have bike paths on both sides, with a rumble strip separating those lanes from vehicle lanes. Also, its speed limit would drop from 40 mph to 35 mph.
Qualey plans to show the preliminary plan to the public at 4:30 p.m. today at the county's Public Services Building on Bridge View Drive in North Charleston.
"I'm just going to take the temperature of the folks to see what they want to do," he said. "I think this is a plan that people are going to embrace."
Qualey, who represents James Island, said the public's feedback will affect the case he tries to make to County Council's Finance Committee on Thursday afternoon.
The county's engineers have completed design work on an $18 million Harbor View Road widening project, but residents' opposition has kept the county from going out for bids -- so far. A chief complaint: The plan would add too much asphalt and too little landscaping.
Qualey said that if the public and council members embrace the proposed chances, it's unclear what effect that will have on the project's timetable or total cost.