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GOOD QUESTION: Who will pay for the College Park Rd overpass repairs?

LADSON, S.C. (WCBD) – It was three weeks ago when a tractor-trailer struck the College Park Road overpass, causing significant damage to the bridge.

The driver was charged with driving a truck that was too wide and too high, and for operating and oversized-overweight truck without a permit.

Since that time, commuters have had to deal with delays and detours as crews with the South Carolina Department of Transportation work to fix the damaged overpass.

Crews have had to basically remove a large portion of the overpass and replace the damaged beams underneath and then resurface the road.

This fix isn't easy and it isn't cheap.

This week’s question comes from John who wonders "who will pay for the repairs on the College Park Road/I-26 overpass, the taxpayers or the trucking company?"​

Count on 2’s Brendan Clark went to the State Department of Transportation to find out​.

​He spoke with Pete Poore of the State Department of Transportation and he told me "initially the SCDOT will have to pay for repairs, but will pursue the driver and/or his insurance carrier to be reimbursed for the cost of repair."​

We’re told the DOT pays up front to make sure the contractor gets paid for the work they did on this job.

For this particular project, the "upfront money" comes from our state revenues as opposed to our federal funding. When they are reimbursed, those funds will be returned to the state accounts.​

As of now, we don't have an exact figure on the cost or repairs since work is still in progress, but we'll keep you updated.

Do you have a good question for Brendan? Click here to submit yours.


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