Cracks in girders to close I-77 bridges in SC

RICHBURG, S.C. (AP) - A small stretch of Interstate 77 in South Carolina will be closed after inspectors found cracks in several steel girders on a pair of bridges in Chester County.

The state Department of Transportation said on Wednesday that inspectors will immediately begin checking for cracks on all other bridges that have similar steel plate girders.

DOT officials say the cracked girders in the 1978 bridges are not a life-threatening problem, but engineers recommend workers waste no time replacing them.

The bridges span a rural road at exit 62.

The deadlines for bids on the work is Monday and DOT wants the construction to begin as soon as possible.

The bridges will be closed during the work with traffic detoured to the exit ramps, then back onto the highway.

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