ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Bridge construction over I-26 in Orangeburg is moving forward.
Four Hole Road Bridge was severely damaged. Following Governor Henry McMaster's declaration of an emergency, Quick Release Emergency Relief funds in the amount of $1 million were made available by the Federal Highway Administration and USDOT Secretary Elaine Chao.
SCDOT has expedited this project by getting a contractor to perform both the design and construction of the bridge on a quicker timeline. Construction is set to begin in the fall and be completed by late Summer 2019.
On March 9, a 2016 Peterbilt tractor-trailer was traveling east on Interstate 26 around 10:03 a.m. when it went into the median and struck the bridge, according to Trooper Judd Jones.
The Orangeburg Co. Coroner's Office identified the driver as 46-year-old Travis Hall of Wagener, SC. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
All westbound lanes and the Four Holes Road overpass were closed following the crash.