Salt, sand trucks help keep bridges open during Tuesday's commute

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Patchy drizzle, freezing drizzle and fog greeted commuters Tuesday morning; one day after icy rain caused several major bridges to close during the morning commute. Thanks to salt and sand trucks out in full force, roads and bridges remained open.

All major bridges in the Lowcountry stayed open during Tuesday morning's commute. Traffic was moving across the Ravenel, Wando and Don Holt Bridges, despite concerns of more ice forming because temperatures were dropping below freezing.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation posted signs warning drivers of icy roads and bridges. (Traffic Tracker)

Temperatures are expected to warm above freezing late Tuesday morning into the afternoon hours.

On Monday morning, the Ravenel, Wando and Don Holt Bridges all shut down for several hours, causing traffic issues for thousands in the area. All bridges were reopened after being shut down for several hours due to icy roads.

The Ravenel Bridge was reopened to vehicle traffic just after 12:30 p.m. and the Don Holt and Wando Bridges were reopened just after 1 p.m.

Motorists are cautioned by police to keep their speeds slow due to the possibility of ice patches.  The Berlin G Myers Parkway has also been reopened.

Across the state,there are 1,400 maintenance employees actively involved in road operations. The SCDOT has used 6,422 tons of salt, 1,897 tons of sand and 381,079 gallons of salt brine. The SCDOT is also using 839 pieces of equipment including snow plows, salt spreaders, sprayers and graders.

From 5 a.m. to 3 p.m., the South Carolina Highway Patrol handled 25 accidents and had 158 calls to dispatch. The calls included accidents, cars sliding off the road and any other assistance needed.

The Highway Patrol says it has extra troopers out on the roads and they are constantly checking the bridges and overpasses to make sure they are safe.

Police were escorting cars across the bridge early Monday morning in the eastbound lanes of the Don Holt Bridge as ice was being reported on the bridge. There was an accident on the westbound side after a car hit the wall.

Copyright WCSC 2011. All rights reserved.