Crosstown improvement project brings road closures to downtown Charleston

Published: Jun. 8, 2015 at 9:12 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2015 at 9:24 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The City of Charleston will begin construction Monday on Phase Two of the Septima Clark Drainage and Transportation Improvement Project.

Phase Two of the project, which is expected to last two months, focuses on drainage work along the busy roadway.

The work will include installing 12,000-feet of pipe, up to 54 inches in diameter, and creating 8-foot wide,125-foot deep shafts that will eventually connect to a massive pumping station that will be constructed along the Ashley River.

The latest round of work will also include hundreds of new stormwater management structures, cleaning of existing pipe, and extensive landscaping.

The following roads will see road closures during Phase Two of the Septima Clark Drainage and Transportation Improvement Project:

  • Sheppard Street off-ramp from US17 will be closed while construction crews install a 125-ft deep drilled drop shaft. Sheppard Street will be closed from Highway 17/Crosstown to Rutledge Ave.
  • President & Fishburne St: The intersection of President and Fishburne Streets will be closed for utility work associated with the project.

This phase of the project will cost about $23.5 million. It's being funded by the Federal Match Program administered by the SCDOT.

The first phase of this project was completed in April 2013. It included improvements for transportation, both vehicle and pedestrian.

Phase One included new sidewalks and side streets, waste water improvements and more.

The entire improvement project is expected to cost $154.

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