Published May 30, 2012
The final touches to the median of the U.S. 17 Septima Clark Expressway are nearly complete, and the two interior lanes of the road will reopen as early as tomorrow morning.
The lanes have been closed for months while the second phase of the project was completed.
New, larger drainage pipes were installed in the most recent construction phase to accommodate heavy rains or flooding. The median also was reconstructed and landscaped with trees.
Once the lanes reopen, the only lane closures that will occur for construction will be at night for repainting of the roadway.
Work on the road will now shift to the shoulder of the Crosstown to install new curbs, sidewalks and drainage structures. All construction of this next phase will occur at night.
The approximately $150 million project has been funded in part by the City of Charleston, a $10 million federal grant and an approval of $88 million in funds from the State Infrastructure Bank.