WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today 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.”