CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - If your morning commute takes you through the Crosstown expressway then get ready for a longer commute. Construction crews started a major project Thursday on the Septima Clark Parkway in downtown Charleston.
If the project goes without any delays, the project is expected to be completed by the end of May 2012.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation approved the road closure on the Crosstown from Spring Street to Coming Street for improvements to the median, to fix drainage issues and make improvements to pedestrian crossings.
The project will shut down the two inside lanes closest to the median for six months, reducing the Crosstown to four lanes from its normal six. Because the Crosstown is a hurricane evacuation route, the road work can only be done from December to May.
Drivers who need to drive through this area are asked to observe the speed limits and be careful of construction equipment and construction crews.
The project will cost an estimated $154 million, but after this chunk of the project is complete the rest of the work can be finished with little or no traffic delays...
The City of Charleston has provided a web page with all the alternate routes for drivers who use the Crosstown. Visit Charleston-sc.gov.