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President St. water line work ongoing; drainage next?

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Traffic headaches and business pains on President Street extension continue as the city works to fix a major water line.

Monday, the line burst, adding another problem to the list for the heavily traveled corridor. It will take at least another two, maybe three weeks, before work is complete, so commuters can expect delays for a while. That's in the short term.

In the long term, another major project is on the horizon which will cost a lot of money, probably cause some traffic headaches, but the city hopes it will put some tax money back in their pockets in the long run.

As they work to get this water line fixed, city leaders will also be deciding later this month whether they want to take about $20 million in bonds out to pay for the $29 million President Street drainage project which would help stop the heavy flooding this area sees. They say it has also prevented businesses from setting up shop in Savannah River Landings and the Madison complex, two high property value areas, according to city manager Stephanie Cutter.

Cutter says the sooner they get the project started and completed the sooner the city will start collecting property taxes and seeing a return on their investment.

"We have private developers out there waiting until that President Street project is done so they can come in with new development," Cutter told WTOC.

The $29 million project would basically elevate President Street, making it flood free. It will be presented to council on June 27, along with the bond issue. 

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