MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Transportation will hold a news conference Friday afternoon to update plans for a lane reversal on the eastbound Wando Bridge.
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On Thursday afternoon, Gov. Henry McMaster sent a letter to Transportation Sec. Christy Hall requesting her agency develop and execute a plan for reversing an eastbound lane of the James B. Edwards Bridge, commonly known as the Wando Bridge.
Workers began making preparations for a possible crossover lane on I-526. On Friday afternoon, the SCDOT tweeted photos of paving underway.
The lane would make I-526 eastbound lanes go in two directions over the bridge with the idea of easing traffic on the detour routes over the Ravenel Bridge to I-26 as well as Highway 41 to Clements Ferry Road.
SCDOT spokesman Pete Poore said the dump trucks are there to perform preliminary work on a catch or drainage basin that would be required if a lane reversal is ordered.
It is not yet clear how long it will take to complete work on a catch basin or how soon the lane reversal could happen. Authorities took the step Thursday of creating a second lane onto I-26 from the Ravenel Bridge to try and help traffic move on that detour route.The lane diversions will be in effect during peak traffic hours in the morning and in the evening.
Mount Pleasant and City of Charleston of Charleston officials said Wednesday they would do what they could to help alleviate traffic including extra law enforcement controlling green light times and guiding traffic through the affected area.
While preparations are underway to create a lane if necessary to crossover I-526, there is no word yet on when it would open.