A bridge in Dorchester County that has been closed since December is expected to be repaired starting next year.
According to James Law, a spokesman for the South Carolina Department of Transportation, construction on the bridge, which is part of Second Bend Road near the town of Harleyville, should begin between January and March 2019. The repairs are expected to take 3 to 6 months to complete.
SCDOT closed the bridge after a truck carrying an oversized load hit it on Dec. 21. It runs over I-26 near mile marker 179.
A detour that is about 2.5 miles long was put in place after the accident.
Nearby residents said the detour has been an inconvenience and some worried that it might slow down first-responders in the event of an emergency.
“We are concerned about the bridge,” said resident Terrill Porter “It’s frustrating.”
Law added that the deck, the barrier wall and girders on the bridge have to be repaired.
Second Bend Road carries an average of 650 vehicles per day.