Two Richland County bridges to be replaced by June

The S.C. Department of Transportation has awarded contracts to replace two bridges in Richland County that were washed out during the historic flooding in October.

The Congress Road bridge over Jumping Run Creek in Lower Richland is expected to be complete by May 15. The Rockbridge Road bridge over Spring Lake in Forest Acres in expected to be complete by June 1.

The bridges are two of 18 statewide that are being fast-tracked for replacement in the aftermath of the flood. The cost of replacing the bridges is included in the $137 million for flood repairs that the state Transportation Department has requested from the federal and state governments.