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Proposed infrastructure projects bring concern for Conway leaders

Conway, SC -

Some major work is possibly in store for bridges many drivers use every day to get in and out of Conway. 

The 501 business bridge is on the SCDOT schedule to be closed completely for at least a month for rehab work.

Crews won't be out there until spring of 2018, but before then, there are costs for the city of Conway that need to be addressed.

"We've been concerned about the safety of that bridge and the fact that it needed repair work for a long time," Mayor Alys Lawson said. "Council's delighted DOT is addressing it. We just need to be sure we're thorough and know how much it's going to cost us and that we're prepared."

The work includes hydro blasting to remove loose concrete, painting the bridge, replacing expansion joints, and sealing cracks among other things. To do all of that though, the utilities need to removed from the bridge.

The cost to do that removal would have to be covered by the city. That's something council members say they need to make sure they can put in their budget. However, their concern isn't just about money.

"The bridge work that needs to be done is very important and vital to keeping our bridge safe," Councilman Tom Anderson said. "It is very distressing to think about the time it will take. As a council member, I would like to work with them to shorten the length of time that the bridge will be down because that time length is just unacceptable."

The Crabtree Swamp and Grier Swamp bridges were also discussed during Monday's city council meeting.

While they sit under flood water and are closed, work is being proposed to raise these bridges 6 inches through funding from a state grant.

However, upgrading the surrounding roads would have to be covered by the city.

Council members have until October 23 to get back to state officials about whether they agree with this project moving forward.

Work on each of those bridges would close lanes for up to four months.

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