- Donald D. Leonard, chairman of the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank Board
The Septima Clark Expressway, the stretch of U.S. 17 also known as the Crosstown, is infamous for flooding every time Charleston gets heavy rain. On Wednesday, Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. traveled to Columbia to ask the State Infrastructure Bank for an $88 million loan to fix drainage on the perennially underwater roadway.
And while the S.C. Department of Transportation has gotten behind the project, the board of the S.C. Transportation Infrastructure Bank — which is similar to what President Barack Obama is trying to create nationwide as a part of his American Jobs Act — has other projects on its radar already. According to the South Carolina Radio Network, the Crosstown project might have to wait in line behind projects in Berkeley and Dorchester Counties.
If the city gets all of the $154 million it needs (with the remaining $66 million coming from local taxes and federal matching), it will build a drainage system that pumps rainwater into the Ashley River.