Crosstown lanes now open! May 31, 2012

“Most of the orange barrels that peppered the crosstown are now out of sight
and many drivers have more room to spread out on the road.

According to a charleston city spokeswoman, crews worked through the weekend to finish as many of the final details as possible along the center median. Early Thursday morning crews put the final touches on lane lines and opened all 6 lanes of the Septima Parkway.

Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. said, “We commend the hard and dedicated work of the staff and crews working on this critical project. The patience and understanding of the traveling public was appreciated as we began the improvements to the Septima Clark Parkway and the opening of these traffic lanes should provide an easier commute for many. We will continue working on the project, each step creating additional solutions to the drainage and a more pleasing roadway for travelers and those who live nearby.”

This is the first phase of a larger $154,000,000 project. According to the mayor, each phase of the work provides some improvement to the drainage system which requires replacing 18-inch pipes with new pipes up to 48-inch diameter.

Construction of the tunnel and a pump station are included in the future phases and will provide the ultimate relief to flooding on the Septima Clark Parkway and also on Rutledge, Ashley Avenue, President and Fishburne Streets.

The current construction will continue through November 2012 as the sidewalks, curbing, lighting, landscaping, pedestrian crosswalks and repaving of the road are finished.

Subsurface drainage work in this contract is substantially complete, a spokesperson told News 2.

The city is preparing to bid the next phase of the project which will include the surface drainage work on the remainder of Spring Street, President, Fishburne, Ashley and Bee and Cherry Street and will begin in the final quarter of 2012. The surface drainage work will be followed by construction of the outfall, large diameter tunnel and shafts. Finally, the last phase will be construction of the pump station mechanical equipment and building.”
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