Detours continue on College Park Road overpass as crews repair bridge

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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Crews are continuing their work this week to repair the College Park Road overpass on I-26.

According to authorities, the new pattern will provide two lanes in each direction.

“One lane will be a through lane, the other will provide left turn access onto I-26,” officials said in a press release.

Drivers coming from Crowfield to Ladson are allowed to continue straight toward Hwy 78.

Those coming from Crowfield can turn left onto I-26 toward Charleston. Coming from Hwy 78, you can turn right onto I-26 heading toward Columbia or Summerville. Coming from Summerville, drivers can get off on the exit and make a right turn toward Hwy 78.

New steel beams for the bridge are being expedited to replace the existing damaged beams, officials said.

“These beams will be transported to South Carolina where additional fabrication and assembly will begin,” SCDOT officials said."All repair work is being expedited to re-open the bridge as soon as possible."

Motorists in the College Park area will encounter severe congestion.

As progress continues, motorists can expect new traffic patterns.

Authorities are asking motorists to use caution if you are traveling in this area.

On Friday, crews worked to remove and install pavement markings, relocated and re-timed traffic signals, and pre-positioned assets for the work zone.

Driver who hit overpass has been fined

The driver of the 18-wheeler who hit the College Park Road overpass on I-26 Thursday has been fined with three violations.

Jeffrey Stokes, 53, of Kings Mountain North Carolina was ticketed for three offenses of an overwidth load, and overheight load and operating without an oversized/overweight truck without a permit.

Each violation carries a $100 fine and are not jailable offenses, according to South Carolina transport police spokesman Sgt. L.T. Catoe.

Stokes was driving a 2008 Volvo tractor-trailer truck which hit the overpass.

National Drayage Services in Memphis, which owned the truck, was fined $29,520 in 2014 from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for a motor vehicle safety violation.

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