Sen. Graham Announces DOT Grant for Ashley River Crossing

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Friday, November 8th, 2019

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will award the City of Charleston a $18.149 million Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant.

The grant will help construct a standalone bridge adjacent to the Ashley River Bridge connecting West Ashley and the Charleston peninsula.  The new bridge would primarily provide bicycle and pedestrian access.  It will also provide a safer travel option for non-motorized commuters and help relieve traffic congestion.

Graham wrote to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao in July 2019 encouraging DOT to make this important investment in the City of Charleston.  A copy of the letter is attached.

Graham made the following statement after a phone call with Secretary Chao on Wednesday.

“I very much appreciate Secretary Chao for awarding this grant to construct a bike and pedestrian bridge. This project will improve the quality of life and safety of all those who live in and around one of the greatest cities in the nation: Charleston, South Carolina. This is a big enhancement when it comes quality of life.  I was proud to be a partner in the efforts to get this done.”