Weather delays opening of Folly River Bridge

Weather delays opening of Folly River Bridge

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - People traveling on and off of Folly Beach will have to wait one more day to use the new bridge.

After a long two-and-a-half years of construction, the Folly River Bridge was set to open Monday morning. Due to overnight rain, the opening has been pushed back to Tuesday at 6 a.m.

SCDOT officials say wet weather stopped crews from putting the final touches on the new bridge. Crews will return Monday to finish things up for Tuesday's opening, weather permitting.

Folly Beach Mayor Tim Goodwin stated that the bridges spanning Folly River and Folly Creek required replacement because of their age and condition.

"It's still going to be two lanes coming into the bridge," Goodwin said, "But what will be great is they add more pedestrian safety, because they'll get a raised sidewalk on both bridges on both sides, and a bicycle path on both sides."

Goodwin also stated that approximately $750,000 tax payers dollars were saved through the construction techniques used.

The project completion date had originally been set for June 2015.

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