DARLINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) – If you’re daily commute to work or home includes traveling across the bridge that sits over Black Creek in Darlington, you will need to find another route starting Monday morning.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation will close both ends of that bridge for removal and pipe installation. It’s a project city officials say is one step closer to redevelopment.
“It’s progress for us, for the county to have the construction going on, you know even more it’s a safety matter,” Sheriff Wayne Byrd, Darlington County Sheriff’s Office.
Eleven percent of South Carolina’s bridges are structurally deficient. Meaning there is deterioration to the bridge deck, supports or other major components.
“The bridge that we have right now, you know if you have a heavy piece of equipment or truck too long or truck too large to go over it, it could fail and then we really would have a mess,” said Byrd.
The bridge closure sign has been up for the past two weeks. It is there to warn residents and commuters that the bridge will be closed during its replacement. Sheriff Wayne Byrd with the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office says the detour will be about four miles long and will add an additional ten minutes to normal travel time.
Although the bridge is not on a major highway, those who travel will need to consider another option
“If that’s the route you take you will need to plan an extra 5 to 10 minutes in your schedule so that you don’t get there in the morning and find out suddenly how do I get around,” Byrd said.
Those who travel through the area will need to use Cashua Ferry Road and North Springville Road as a detour.
“It’ll be some inconvenience but you have to look at what it’s worth to get that bridge taken out and a new one put in,” mentioned Byrd.