Report: Nearly 90 percent of state's flooded, damaged roads reopened

Report: Nearly 90 percent of state's flooded, damaged roads reopened

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - The latest update from the state's Department of Transportation indicates that almost 90 percent of state roads closed because of October's historic rain event are open again.

Road closures are down from a peak of 541 on Oct. 5 to 73 as of Monday, a drop of 87 percent in the number of closures, according to a report from SCDOT Interim Secretary Christy Hall.

Eight primary routes remain closed, including 45 roads and 28 bridges. At least 16 of the remaining 28 bridge closures will require bridge replacements, major bridge repairs or major culvert replacements.

The majority of closures are in Richland County, the report states.

SCDOT Maintenance forces led the majority of repairs, including the start of three bridge replacement projects with in-house forces. Twenty-four highway and bridge contractors were called in to assist with 69 different emergency or spot repairs across 16 counties.

Of the 73 remaining closed roads or bridges, 13 are expected to reopen by Thanksgiving, the report states.

Other roads are expected to take longer, however.

In Orangeburg, Cleveland Street remains closed from the state park to S-563 remains closed because major road or culvert repairs are needed; that street is not expected to reopen until Dec. 15.

Sandspoint Road still has water on the road between SC-6 and S-137, the report states, and there is no date on which that road is expected to reopen is listed in the report.

In Williamsburg County, three roads remain closed. Cade Road is closed for road and bridge repairs between Bradley Bay Road and Bartells Road. That route is not expected to reopen until after Nov. 26.

Also in Williamsburg County, Battery Park Road between Hemingway Highway and Friendship Church Road remains closed because of a washout and partial bridge collapse and dam failure. No reopen date has been provided, according to the report.

Road and culvert repairs required for Old Georgetown Road between Midway Road and Bartells Road are not expected to be complete until the spring, the report states.

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