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SCDOT assesses road damages in Florence County

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FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The South Carolina Department of Transportation is busy repairing road damages from the roads that were hit hard from flooding in Florence County. Now that most are clear, they are able to assess the damage.

The DOT says this is a slow process, but before they can move those barricades and take signs down, it is their main concern to make sure roads are 100-percent safe before opening them back up.

Some of those road repairs happened Wednesday on Francis Marion Road where Willow Creek washed out part of the shoulder. Crews were doing maintenance on things such as, potholes, collapsed or eroded roads, and bridges overcome by water.

Counties like Georgetown and Williamsburg have not been assessed yet, because roads are still flooded there. Once the water recedes, they may need some extra help. Lorena Pate, Assistant District Maintenance Engineer, SCDOT says, “We don’t have the equipment, we don’t have the resources to fix some of that stuff and it might be one of those things that it might have to be contracted out to somebody that can fix it, and that’s what they are helping us do is look at that stuff.”

Pate also said a county-wide problem has been people driving through flooded roads that are barricaded off. “Those are there for a reason. I mean we have stretched out our resources and we have tried to block these things off the best we can and people are just going around the cones, like they’re not even there,” said Pate.

The DOT asks for the public’s patience with all of this, and encourage everyone to use caution when driving on recently repaired roads and drive slow… and once again do not drive through or around barricades.

Pate adds, “We have to go out and inspect the stuff to make sure that if we can safe it up in house, we can go out there and fix the wash outs, patch the asphalt, and then we can open the roads back up to the motoring public. But it’s a slow process.”

DOT said they understand the public wants these roads to open quickly, but they have to assess pipe issues as well in some areas, and wants to ensure all roads are 100-percent safe before opening them back up.

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