SC tourism city struggles to repair sidewalks

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Walking the 300-year-old streets of Charleston is part of the port city's charm for residents and visitors alike, but sidewalks are often damaged and made uneven by tree roots, weather and traffic.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that keeping up with these repairs is becoming especially difficult for the city during the economic downturn. Sometimes the city has to pay for injuries when people trip and fall.

Charleston Public Service Director Laura Cabiness says the state Transportation Department is responsible for about 70% of downtown streets and the sidewalks that go with them.

One inexpensive way to smooth the walk has been to use a relatively new type of saw to shave off elevated pieces of concrete pushed up by tree roots.

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