‘Drainage emergency’ to close portion of Gervais Street for nearly a week

A portion of Gervais Street will close over the weekend due to a “drainage emergency,” the S.C. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.

Work to repair the drainage issue will close westbound lanes of Gervais from Millwood Avenue to Oak Street, near First Nazareth Baptist Church. The roadway will close to traffic Thursday morning and is expected to reopen Tuesday, June 18, DOT said in a press release.

DOT says the major Columbia roadway’s drainage system was impacted by recent storms.

Signs will direct traffic up North Millwood Avenue, west on Taylor Street and south on Harden Street to reconnect to Gervais. Eastbound lanes will stay open.

Drivers are warned to expect delays and plan alternate routes.


Bristow Marchant is currently split between covering Richland County and the 2020 presidential race. He has more than 10 years’ experience covering South Carolina. He won the S.C. Press Association’s 2015 award for Best Series on a toxic Chester County landfill fire, and was part of The State’s award-winning 2016 election coverage.