Flooding is a key issue around these parts — especially with hurricane season underway. Last June, we filled you in on the City of Charleston’s Low Battery Seawall Repair project — which is raising + restoring downtown’s Low Battery seawall to protect the peninsula from storm surge.
One year later, we’re circling back to give you the latest info on this ongoing effort.
Here’s the 411: The project recently entered Phase 3, which will raise and restore the seawall from the end of Phase 2 to just before King Street. Phase 3 is expected to take about 18 months to complete.
FYI: Phase 1, completed in January 2021, repaired the Low Battery seawall from Tradd Street to Ashley Boulevard. Phase 2, completed in April 2022, repaired the wall from the end of Phase 1 to just before Limehouse Street.
Five fast facts:
💧 All of the water + sewer lines were replaced in Phase 1.
🚗 A traffic calming table was added at the Ashley Boulevard intersection.
🌿 Two planting areas were created at Tradd Street + Ashley Boulevard.
🌊 The city’s first glass floodwall section was installed.
🌴 Dozens of palm trees were planted to replace existing palms.
Visit the page here for updates on the project.