Orangeburg Co. leaders want wider I-95 bridges

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - The Orangeburg County Council is sending South Carolina transportation officials a letter asking for state help to make the Interstate 95 bridges over Lake Marion safer.

Orangeburg County Councilman Johnny Ravenell says that the best solution would be widening the bridges to at least include an emergency lane where a vehicle could pull off the road without blocking a traffic lane.

Ravenell says if widening is too expensive, the council would like an early warning system so drivers would be aware of a problem before getting to the bridge.

The council asked the county manager to send its request to the state Department of Transportation.

One northbound lane of one of the bridges is currently closed as crews rebuild the roadway's concrete deck.

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