Georgetown, SC - GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Officials with the South Carolina Department of Transportation have gathered in Georgetown Tuesday night to address a proposed drainage project along a stretch of US-17.
Officials said the project aims at improving drainage along a 25-block section of Downtown Georgetown that is plagued by flooding problems during strong periods of rain.
The proposed construction plans, according to DOT officials, would involve the creation of several retention ponds and ditches to hold excess water. Residents concerned about the aesthetics of the project were reassured that a diesel fueled system would help with the automated pumping of the extra water.
DOT officials said the construction plans have the potential to cause temporary traffic flow issues along Fraiser Street. Those affected by the roadwork will have access to directional detour plans and weekly project updates through the duration of construction.
The proposed retention pond is slated to be complete by September 2011, with the entire project scheduled to be complete by May 31, 2012. All construction, according to officials, will happen during daylight hours and has been planned to avoid any derailment by the hurricane season.
Officials said funding will come from the South Carolina Department of Transportation, FEMA and the City of Georgetown. All funding needs, however, have not been met.