NEWBERRY COUNTY — The S.C. Department of Transporation is hoping repair work on an I-26 bridge in Newberry County will be completed today following five days of work to repair cracking found during a routine inspection by SCDOT bridge engineers.
The SCDOT began emergency bridge repairs July 31. The right lane of I-26 eastbound is closed for approximately 2.5 miles beginning at mile marker 81.
On Aug. 2, crews secured the rebar that had been installed.
Because only one eastbound lane has been open, traffic has been congested at times. Motorists should consider alternate routes by using interstate exits such as 72, 74 or 76.
The speed drops from 70 mph to 45 mph in the work zone. Motorists are advised use caution when traveling in the work zone for their safety and the safety of highway workers.
The SCDOT contractor is working around the clock to repair approximately a 450-square foot section of bridge deck.
Road conditions can be monitored by SCDOT’s 511 Traveler Information System at www.511sc.org/ with a free app available.