CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - City of Charleston crews will start road work Friday to address downtown flooding issues, prompting summer road closures.
Several lane and street closures will be in effect around Burke Middle and High School along Fishburne St.
The work is part of Phase 2 of the Septima Clark project, projected to cost $146 million and be complete in 2021.
"The road closures are necessary to install stormwater surface collection and conveyance systems in this area," Steve Kirk, Septima Clark project manager, said. "We have worked to ensure there is still access through and around the area as well as access to all properties adjacent to the construction sites."
According to the city website, Phase 2 also includes construction of eight d rop shafts, which will eventually connect to a deep tunnel system that will be completed during Phase 3 of the project.
According to city officials, the work in these areas can only take place while school is not in session.
All closures have been coordinated through and approved by South Carolina Department of Transportation and the City of Charleston Department of Traffic and Transportation.
The planned closures are below.
Westbound lane of Fishburne Street from Killians Street to President Street.
This area will be under a static lane closure to install remaining infrastructure on Fishburne Street, install infrastructure on Orr's Court, and for use as a laydown area.The closure is planned to commence on June 3 and remain for most of the summer.
Orr's Ct will be closed for the installation of new stormwater infrastructure.
Due to the road being a single lane in one direction, construction will be difficult. Details are being worked out to ensure that work can be done safely while still providing adequate access for the residents.
It is expected that work will begin mid-June and be completed before the start of school in August.
President Street from Fishburne Street to Nunan Street
There will be a full road closure from Woodall Court up to and including the intersection with Fishburne Street.The southbound lanes will be closed from Woodall Court to Nunan Street.Access to and from Woodall Court will be maintained on the east side of President Street from Woodall Court to Nunan Street.
This closure is expected to commence on June 3 and remain until the start of school in August.
President Street from Kennedy Street to Line Street
The southbound lanes will be closed from Line Street to Bogard Street to allow for stormwater infrastructure installation.One-way traffic will be maintained in the northbound lanes.This closure is expected to commence on June 3 and last approximately 4 weeks Line Street for about 200 feet starting at President Street.