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City of Charleston gets grant to improve Septima Clark Parkway

WASHINGTON, DC (WCSC) - The City of Charleston received a grant from the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Wednesday to make improvements to the Septima Clark Parkway in downtown.

The parkway, known by most locals as the Crosstown, will have drainage improved, be beautified, and have pedestrian issues addressed.  The city hopes the project will make the road safer for travelers and remove what Mayor Joe Riley called "an unattractive swath cut through these neighborhoods."

The $10 million grant was given under the umbrella of the Recovery Act.  The first phase of the project will improve drainage along the roadway between I-26 and the Ashley River.

"This is an important and substantial step in addressing the drainage challenges of the Septima Clark Parkway and adjacent neighborhoods," said Mayor Riley.  "This is the first step in a comprehensive plan to address drainage issues which were exacerbated with the building of this roadway."

The city hopes to have a contractor selected for the project by Thanksgiving.

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