Good news: A Midlands bridge with structural issues is going to be replaced.
Bad news: The bridge and the road it connects are scheduled to be closed for at least three months.
The bridge in question is on Eskie Dixon Road in Kershaw County. Replacement of the bridge is necessary because it is structurally deficient, according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation.
The bridge over Unnamed Creek will be replaced with a new 70 foot pre-stressed concrete bridge deck, SCDOT said.
The bridge will be closed April 2, for approximately thirteen weeks, SCDOT reported. Pending any delays because of weather conditions, fabricator delays, etc., the new bridge should be reopened to traffic by July 2.
Eskie Dixon Road will be closed and traffic detoured during construction, according to SCDOT, adding the detour will add approximately one mile of additional travel for people accustomed to driving over the bridge.
Kershaw County schools might be impacted and will be informed of the pending road closure in order to reroute school bus traffic in the area, SCDOT said.