Crosstown work entering final phase

This file photo shows the Crosstown after all of its laned reopened.

Work on the Septima Clark Parkway is entering its final stage.

The northbound lane closest to the sidewalk will be closed for about six weeks, starting next week, according to an announcement from the city of Charleston. Barrels will be used so they can be easily moved in case all the lanes are needed for an evacuation.

Some nighttime construction still will occur, but the most disruptive work will be done during the day, according to the city.

The lane closure should have little effect on motorists traveling south on U.S. Highway 17 or eastbound on Interstate 26.

Motorists coming from West Ashley on Highway 17 should consider exiting at Lockwood Boulevard to use Bee Street, Calhoun Street or Lockwood Boulevard. They can also use Cannon Street to Coming Street to bypass the work zone.

Maps of alternate routes and additional information about the project are available on the project website at www.SeptimaClarkProject.com.

Work on the Crosstown is only the first step in improving water drainage in the area. It’s part of a much larger project to correct drainage issues along this critical federal highway running across the Charleston peninsula, according to the city.