MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Gov. Henry McMaster says repairs to a snapped cable on the Wando Bridge that has shutdown westbound traffic will not be a quick process.
"This is not going to be fixed in a day or two," McMaster said during a press briefing on Wednesday."It's going to take longer than that."
According to SCDOT officials, around mid-day on Monday, crews learned of a 4-inch diameter cable that had come apart which led to the closures on the Wando Bridge.
"Every state agency, every asset is here and are all working together as a team," McMaster said."We've spared nothing."
SCDOT Secretary Christy Hall echoed McMaster's statements regarding repairs being done quickly.
"This is not something that's going to be over in a matter of just a couple of days," Hall said.
According to SCDOT, crews are working in three major areas with the first analyzing what exactly happened to cause the cable to come apart.
Hall said crews are also working to clearly develop and implement a repair plan to get the bridge reopened as quickly as possible.
The third item crews are focused on is working to make traffic flow better throughout the area.
"We're all in this together," Mt. Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie said."There hasn't been anyone who hasn't been affected by this."
Haynie said agencies are working to formulate plans to ease traffic including looking at lane shifts and using different exits.
The material needed to replace the snapped Wando Bridge cable arrived on an 18-wheeler Wednesday afternoon.
The cable appeared to be wrapped in a yellow tarp as it was escorted by state police.
It entered I-26 eastbound near mile marker 199 in Summerville then got on I-526 eastbound toward Mount Pleasant. The truck got off at exit 24 on Daniel Island and then took the second right on Seven Farms Drive before getting onto I-526 westbound.
The cable was then delivered to the bridge deck.