Crews fill hole reported near Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge pillar

Crews fill the hole near the Ravenel Bridge pillar Tuesday (Source: Live 5)
Crews fill the hole near the Ravenel Bridge pillar Tuesday (Source: Live 5)
Another angle of hole near a Ravenel Bridge pillar in Mt. Pleasant (Source: Angela Valmus)
Another angle of hole near a Ravenel Bridge pillar in Mt. Pleasant (Source: Angela Valmus)
A third angle of the hole near the pillar (Source: Angela Valmus)
A third angle of the hole near the pillar (Source: Angela Valmus)

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - If you've seen a hole near a pillar of the Ravenel Bridge in Mount Pleasant, there is no cause for immediate concern, according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

Just one day after a viral Facebook post caused panic about the hole, crews filled it on Tuesday.

Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie tweeted that town and SCDOT staff met at the hole again and confirmed they're not concerned about the structural integrity of the bridge.

SCDOT officials said they want to assure the public that there is no structural problem with the ramp on the Mount Pleasant side of the Ravenel Bridge near the Mount Pleasant Park after "a small void appeared recently" near one of the piers support the off ramp.

Spokesman James Law called the hole a "surface void" that only goes down a few feet when the bridge pillars themselves go down more than 120 feet.

Law added that both SCDOT officials and Mt. Pleasant officials have looked at the hole and there are no structural concerns about the bridge.

The hole may have appeared during the construction of the park, Law said.

A statement by the agency states that engineers have been engaged with staff from the Town of Mount Pleasant for well over a month on the issue.

"Indications are this void is connected to the construction at the park," SCDOT officials said."Workers from the town fill in this hole each time rain reopens it."

SCDOT staff is expected to meet at the site later this week with town officials to review the issue.

"Once again, this small void poses no structural problem for the off-ramp pier," SCDOT officials said."Ravenel Bridge piers were driven 120 feet into the ground."

No bridge closures are planned related to this issue.

Mt. Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie released a statement through Twitter about the hole:

SCDOT released the following statement regarding the hole Monday afternoon:

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