After years of neglect, SCDOT cleans Ashley Hall Road ditch

by John Steinberger | August 11, 2019 2:03 pm

For years, we have been highly critical about the failure to maintain drainage systems in the Lowcountry. With numerous overlapping jurisdictions, it is easy to point fingers and say, “It is not our ditch.” After years of failing to maintain a drainage ditch on Ashley Hall Road, Lowcountry Source published a video editorial[1] Tuesday blasting City of Charleston for allowing the problem to persist, resulting in flooding in nearby apartments and shopping centers. On Friday, SCDOT sent a crew over to clean it.

SCDOT has an inventory of more than 40,000 linear miles of roads, many of them on secondary roads like Ashley Hall Road. That makes it easy for municipalities like Charleston to not take responsibility for problems that impact their taxpayers and residents. We really need to see better cooperation between inter-governmental jurisdictions. If Charleston gets a notification of a drainage problem within its boundaries that is controlled by Charleston County or SCDOT, it needs to work with them and ensure the work is done. If the other jurisdiction can’t get to it in a timely manner, Charleston should do it.

Lowcountry Source is glad that the Ashley Hall Road ditch has finally been cleaned. We hope that the maintenance will protect the nearby apartments and shopping centers from experiencing future flooding. We also hope this marks an era of cooperation among the various governmental jurisdictions.

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