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December 05
SC Department of Transportation Replaces Bridge at Lower Cost

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) saved money and time by replacing the bridge crossing Big Wateree Creek in Fairfield County using in-house forces.

 

The bridge is located on S-20-20 (Camp Welfare Road) approximately 3 miles southwest of Mitford. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  



The bridge was replaced by SCDOT’s District 4 Bridge crew and the agency’s Fairfield County Maintenance employees.

 

“Due the impact to businesses in the area, we felt it was important for our own forces to replace the bridge as quickly as possible,” said Stan Bland, District Engineering Administrator for SCDOT’s District 4. “This 5-month project probably would have taken double the amount of time to complete had it gone to contract.”

 

Bland said the cost to build the new bridge was $600,000, which he estimated is $600,000 below what it would have cost to hire a private contractor. 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bland was among the speakers at a news conference Friday, Dec. 5, at Carolina Adventure World near the new bridge. Other speakers included SCDOT Commissioner Sarah B. Nuckles of the 5th Congressional District; South Carolina State Senator Linda H. Short; South Carolina State Representative Creighton B. Coleman; David Ferguson, Chairman of Fairfield County Council; James McGraw, Chairman of  County Transportation Committee; and Tim Antley of the Dennis Corporation.

 

Construction on the bridge began June 2 and was completed Nov. 4.

 

“This project illustrates the new way of thinking at the SCDOT – how can we do things faster, better and more economically?” said Commissioner Sarah B. Nuckles of the 5th Congressional District. “I think this project is a great example of that innovation.”

 

The old bridge, built in 1961, was structurally deficient and several of its wooden piles were decayed.

 

The new bridge has steel support piles on concrete caps with a pre-cast concrete deck. At 210 feet long and 33 feet wide, it is the longest bridge built by SCDOT’s District 4 employees in several years.

 

High-resolution images from today's ceremony are available for download at:

 

 

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Speakers and special guests at the opening ceremony of the Camp Welfare Road project in Fairfield County included, from left: Don Wilburn, owner of Carolina Adventure World; District 4 Engineering Administrator Stan Bland; District 4 Bridge Construction Supervisor Ike McBrayer; Representative Creighton B. Coleman; Senator Linda H. Short; Fairfield County Council Chairman David Ferguson; Fairfield County Transportation Committee Chairman James McGraw; SCDOT Commissioner Sarah B. Nuckles; Tim Antley of Dennis Corporation; and John Edwards, of Site-Prep Inc. of NC. (Photo by Rob Thompson/SCDOT)

 

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The new 210-foot bridge on Camp Welfare Road was replaced by SCDOT employees at a savings estimated at $600,000. (Photo by Rob Thompson/SCDOT)

 

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The new 210-foot bridge on Camp Welfare Road was replaced by SCDOT employees at a savings estimated at $600,000. (Photo by Rob Thompson/SCDOT)