Jerry Brannon, resident maintenance engineer for the S.C. Department of Transportation, said the bridge will replace a culvert that runs beneath that section of the street. Brannon described the culvert as a “rock archway” that he believes was built when the street was, probably before it was part of state system. He said the culvert has had problems for years and is so large it could not be replaced with another culvert.
“There’s no way to repair it and you couldn’t get a pipe that big,” Brannon said. “So we decided the best thing to do was to replace it with a bridge. It’ll have a 50-foot span, a guardrail and sidewalk and will be a lot better, require a lot less maintenance and be safer.”
Brannon said the work will be done by an SCDOT bridge crew at an estimated cost of $250,000. The work will be completed and the street will be reopened to thru-traffic by March.