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When and who closes the bridge?

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Who knew about the potential of falling ice? Well it depends on who you ask Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda page said this over the phone on Friday afternoon.

"It came as a surprise, although because we talked it yesterday it wasn't one hundred percent on our radar that this might happen when the temperatures warned up."

Spokesperson James Law with the South Carolina Department of Transportation said.

"We all knew this was going to be concerned we knew about this since Tuesday."

And when it comes to who makes the final decision on closures Town leaders say the DOT is a big player and Mayor Page says an agency they support.

"We have supported the efforts of the department of transportation for past few days and as I said we are learning things about our bridge that we didn't know.  We all know we will have conversations after and we will be better prepared next time for any event like this.

James Law said whenever such a decision is made there is a lot of people involved but it's up to police to make sure it's safe.

"It's a joint venture anywhere you go, there is a lot of people involved in every decision that's made whether to open the bridge, close the bridge or what have you-- but it's ultimately up to law enforcement."


Whether the decision is made by a single body or a group of officials and agencies-- given the fact that melting ice was falling into traffic was the decision to open the bridge Thursday made too early?  James Law said no way.

"No it was informed decision. The ice had not yet started breaking loose and we had freezing weather we weren't too worried about the ice falling. But once the temperatures started the ice breaking, yeah we knew that was going to be a problem.  But as far as somebody opening the bridge too early I think the right decisions were made."

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