Road closures down 85 percent since peak of flooding

Road closures down 85 percent since peak of flooding

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina Department of Transportation officials say the number of roads that remain closed since last month's flooding has decreased from 541 on Oct. 5 to 83 one month later.

That's an 85 percent drop in closures, according to SCDOT spokesman Robert Kudelka.

As of Thursday, 29 bridges and 54 roads remain closed statewide. Twenty-six of the remaining closures are expected to be re-opened by Thanksgiving. Those numbers come from the latest SCDOT Infrastructure Recovery Daily Report filed by the agency's Acting Secretary Christy Hall.

In-house forces led the majority of repairs, including initiating three bridge replacement projects, the report states. A total of 23 highway and bridge contractors have also been engaged to help with 63 "emergency/spot repairs" in 16 counties and 10 bridge replacement or major bridge or culvert repair projects in four counties. Of the contractors hired, 21 are firms based in South Carolina, while one each is based in Georgia and North Carolina.

No roads are reported closed in the Tri-County at this point.

Three roads are remain closed in Williamsburg County. Cade Road requires bridge and road repairs and is not likely to open before Nov. 26. Battery Park Road is closed because of a washout and partial bridge collapse, but no date has been determined for when the roadway will reopen. Old Georgetown Road will require major road and culvert repairs and is not expected to reopen until the Spring of 2016.

Old Pee Dee Road in Georgetown County also requires major road and culvert repairs, but is expected to reopen by Nov. 12.

Meanwhile in Orangeburg County, two roads are listed as closed. Cleveland Street was blocked from the state park to State Road 563 because road and culvert repairs are required. That street is expected to reopen by Dec. 15. There is no estimated date for Sandspoint Road, where the latest SCDOT road closure report indicates water remains on the roadway.

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