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SCDOT crews to build new bridge in Loris

The bridge which crosses over Cowpens Swamp, will be rebuilt, September 8. | Source: Jenna DeAngelis The bridge which crosses over Cowpens Swamp, will be rebuilt, September 8. | Source: Jenna DeAngelis
The plan is to open the new bridge to traffic at the end of December.  | Source: Jenna DeAngelis The plan is to open the new bridge to traffic at the end of December. | Source: Jenna DeAngelis

LORIS, SC (WMBF) - There are bridges you drive on that may not be safe, one of those bridges in Loris is soon to completely rebuilt.

If you drive a loaded truck, do not cross the bridge on Hemingway Road, the state says it is not safe and won't be until it is replaced. It is safe for passenger cars.

The bridge which crosses over Cowpens Swamp, will be rebuilt, September 8, splitting Hemingway Road into two parts. The split will prevent drivers from traveling between West Bear Grass road to Highway 9.

Neighbors told WMBF news, they don't mind the road closure because they've been waiting for the bridge to be fixed for nearly 10 years. Aside from the inconvenience, the bridge is unsafe, parts of the bridge have deteriorated.

While cars can pass over, signs warn, it cannot handle a heavy load. Once work on the bridge begins you'll have to use Circle Bay Drive and West Bear Grass Road, a nearly three mile detour.

The plan is to open the new bridge to traffic at the end of December.

This bridge on Hemingway road is one of more than eight hundred, considered "structurally deficient," in South Carolina. That's only counting bridges owned by the state. While this number is slowly going down, SCDOT says it's hard to catch up on improving our roads with their current budget.

SCDOT says just because a bridge is labeled "structurally deficient," does not mean you should worry, they say in general, all bridges are safe for you to travel, and are working on knocking bridges off the poor condition list.

This bridge replacement is one of more than 15 statewide. SCDOT says more bridges are in need of repairs but would not release information about which ones.

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