State Rep. sends letter to SCDOT secretary concerning Wando Bridge closure

State Rep. sends letter to SCDOT secretary concerning Wando Bridge closure
Nancy Mace (Source: Nancy Mace campaign)

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A state representative with ties to the Lowcountry has sent a letter to South Carolina Department of Transporation Secretary Christy Hall concerning the Wando Bridge.

District 99 rep. Nancy Mace, who represents part of Berkeley and Charleston counties, submitted the letter Wednesday. She won a special election for the seat back in January. 

In her letter, she lists 14 questions for SCDOT officials

My questions for SCDOT are as follows:

1. When was SCDOT first made aware of any cable or tendon problems or concerns on this bridge? 
2. Of the 92 cables supporting the Wando bridge today, how many are being monitored?
3. Of the 92 cables, how many cables or sleeves show signs of corrosion?
4. Why wasn't this specific cable being monitored if it showed signs of corrosion?
5. How many, if any, cables or sleeves have been replaced since the bridge was built?
6. Is 2016 the last time a cable or sleeve was replaced?
7. How much money has been spent replacing cables or sleeves and/or making repairs to this bridge over the last decade? 
8. Is the bridge being inspected by SCDOT personnel or third-party engineering consulting firms?
9. Is the federal government involved in any inspections?
10. How do environmental factors play a role in the cost of building infrastructure and its maintenance along the coast as compared to projects inland without the same coastal conditions? 
11. Are there any other bridges along the coast being monitored due to structural integrity or corrosion concerns? 
12. How much money has been spent by DOT on infrastructure, segmented by region (Lowcountry, Midlands, Pee Dee and Upstate) over the course of the last ten years?
13. Of the money spent by region, what is the population by region?
14. Of the money spent by region, how many tourists visit each region annually?

Mace also expressed concern about the economic impact on the Wando Terminal. Mace also made headlines in March when she released a statement firing back at Shannon Faulkner over her claim that she feels like a graduate of The Citadel. 

The SCDOT ordered a 48-hour shutdown of the James B. Edwards Bridge, commonly referred to as the Wando Bridge Monday afternoon. That decision followed the discovery of a snapped cable in the structure of the bridge during a routine inspection.

Only the westbound lanes were affected; the eastbound lanes remained open.

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