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Thursday, August 30, 2012

drainage fix: Phase 1 of 4 completion

Riley says flooding would have worse without preliminary

Posted by Paul Bowers on Aug 30, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Some of the in downtown Charleston looked the canals of Venice on Tuesday, with college kids on air instead of docents in gondolas. And S.C. Democratic Party Dick Harpootlian took the as an opportunity to make some at Gov. Nikki Haley for the state to speak at the GOP Convention, the of us out here in the sopping-wet real were left to wonder: is the city doing to fix this flooding?

click to enlarge Courtesy of Key Morris Street falls the drainage basin for the city’s improvements around the Crosstown. On it obviously wasn’t draining well.

In a press conference Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. the flooding would have even worse on Tuesday if the had not already begun its improvements on and the Septima P. Clark Expressway — the flooded downtown stretch of 17 also known as the Crosstown.

The project will help an essential problem of drainage that has plagued Charleston its founding. Hydrologists call the in elevation between two connected surfaces the hydraulic head, and in the head between storm and the river is often fairly — especially at high tide. The the head, the slower the drainage, so a maelstrom hits the city at tide, we end up with a lot of drowned

Now, 48 years after the was built, the Big Drainage Fix is underway. years spent fixing drainage issues, including in and on East Bay Street, the city has secured the funding to fix the Crosstown sources including the State Bank, state matching the American Recovery and Reinvestment and tax increment financing related to the Auditorium improvements.

According to Riley, the first of phases in the $154 million project is set to be completed in November. In first phase, inadequate underground drainage pipes are replaced by pipes up to 48 inches in

It would have been worse yesterday if we had not had the 48-inch underground, Riley said on

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Phase 2, which will in November, will include improvements from the end of the Crosstown to the River, south along Street to Bee Street, and up President to Fishburne Street.

Phase 3 feature a series of tunnels dug by machines 140 feet under the (yes, you read that leading to an underground reservoir that carries stormwater to the River.

Phase 4 will be the of three massive pumps the two Ashley River bridges, of pumping 360,000 gallons per into the river.

The city has also secured $25 in bond money to connect pipes under the City to a pump station on East Bay although construction has not yet begun. On shoppers and vendors could be slogging through knee-deep in the outdoor market.

Riley up the conference with a word of advice to drivers: If you’re into what looks a street that might be just don’t proceed. take the gamble. Try to wait and out and find another route.

here (PDF) for a map of the planned on the Crosstown.

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