Charleston applies for grants to pay for Crosstown drainage project

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - After more rain led to even more flooding Tuesday on the Crosstown, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley says the city has taken steps to secure funding for the drainage project.

Riley said Tuesday that the city has applied for a grant from the Department of Transportation for $25 million and hopes to hear by October if it has been approved.

The total drainage project is expected to cost about $145 million. Riley says the city has also put together an application to apply for money from the state infrastructure bank. He says it could take several months after sending the application to find out if the city will receive that money, $88 million.

"Those grants are to help pay for future phases of the project," Riley said. "There will be five total. Right now, crews are working on phase 1, which includes building new curbs, sidewalks and medians as well as cleaning old pipes and installing new ones."

Those new pipes alone are expected to relieve flooding because many are 48 inches, far bigger than the old ones, which are 18. Phase 1 is expected to be completed by Nov. 2012.

Future phases will include building tunnels, drainage shafts and a storm water pump station.

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