As stimulus funds are disbursed among the states, the City of Charleston is receiving a grant for its flooding problems on the city’s roads. Charleston Mayor Joe Riley hopes the $10 million of a (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant) TIGER Grant would help the city’s drainage problem when the city floods. However, the project to help stop the flooding would cost $147 million, meaning the city is short about $137 million.
“I think I would rather see it as the beginning of the project. In itself it would take a few years to construct, but we are going to work to get the additional funding,” says Riley.
Riley says this money is a “significant down payment” to get the project underway. Riley told WCIV in Charleston that more funding could follow this announcement.“We won that argument that this isn’t a city drainage matter, this is a federal responsibility of substantially created because of the design and placement of a federal highway,” says Riley.
The grant was provided as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as well as the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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