New Hwy 17 overpass opens Sunday in Mt. Pleasant

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The newly-constructed overpass at Johnnie Dodds Boulevard and Bowman Road will open this Sunday.

Charleston County Government officials say final preparation for traffic to shift onto the new overpass will begin Saturday night, and by 9 a.m. Sunday, traffic will be flowing on the overpass.

Mayor Billy Swails said, "The opening of this flyover will alleviate the rush-hour congestion that has existed for years at Johnnie Dodds and Bowman Roads.  It is a great milestone for this project."

The completion of one task brings the start of another. Officials say the next phase of the project includes temporarily closing the portion of Bowman Road that goes over Shem Creek, between McDonald's and Kmart on Bowman Road, while crews replace the small bridge.

Officials say this closure to Bowman Road will begin at midnight next Monday and will be in place for five months. Construction areas will continue to be marked with traffic control devices and signs as they are now.

Officials provided the following detour maps for motorists: