CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A replacement for the old King Street Extension was supposed to open at the beginning of July, but two ice storms earlier this year set the project back.
For 87 years, the extension, a 27-span concrete bridge, allowed drivers to travel between King at Mount Pleasant Street to Cosgrove Avenue.
The Five Mile Viaduct carried traffic over Meeting Street and the CSX Railroad up until last year, when Engineers with the South Carolina Department of Transportation said the bridge couldn't handle the stress from today's traffic. Meeting Street, under the viaduct, remains closed to traffic and detour signs are still posted.
SCDOT District 6 Spokesman, James Law, said the new bridge over Meeting Street will be open to traffic some time this month and the construction crew will begin working on the Cosgrove Bridge.
According to the Historic American Engineering Record in Atlanta, Georgia, the bridge is a little more than five miles away from the "Four Corners of Law", located at the Meeting and Broad Street Intersection, Downtown. And could be the meaning behind the name Five Mile Viaduct.