Beaufort County bridge on US 21 was damaged in 2007
Transportation Secretary H.B. “Buck” Limehouse Jr. has announced that
the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has resolved its
claim against Savannah Marine Service, Inc. and Marinex Construction
Co. for the costs of repairing the J.E. McTeer Bridge on US 21 in
reacted quickly to the emergency situation when the incident occurred.
SCDOT engineers in Columbia and the Lowcounty field offices rapidly
determined the extent of the damage, which required replacement of all
five of the large beams in the bridge deck. An emergency contract was
issued in short order that allowed the work to begin. Two factors
spurred the quick action. The McTeer Bridge is a vital transportation
link between the mainland and the sea islands on a daily basis, but also
serves as a vital connection in hurricane evacuation, and the 2007
hurricane season was approaching. The contract called for the repairs to
be completed by July 31, 2007.
the extensive damage, SCDOT engineers determined that one lane of the
bridge could be opened to traffic during peak periods while repairs were
being made. Repair work was accelerated as much as possible. SCDOT
traffic engineers worked with local law enforcement officials to reduce
congestion. The result was that SCDOT was able to reopen the bridge on
June 19, which was five weeks ahead of schedule. The early opening also
prevented traffic disruptions during the July 4th holiday, followed by the Water Festival, both of which are major events in the Beaufort area.
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Repair crews removed the bridge deck before removing the damaged beam.
(Photo by Rob Thompson/SCDOT)
On May 18, 2007, United Contractor foreman Carroll Powell talks with
his crew about the damaged girder they are about to remove on the McTeer
Bridge over the Beaufort River. (Photo by Rob Thompson/SCDOT)
A close-up photo shows the beam that was bent and damaged. (Photo by Rob
Traffic flows over the repaired McTeer Bridge. (Photo by Rob Thompson/SCDOT)
Repair crews work to remove a broken bridge beam on May 18, 2007. (Photo by Rob Thompson/SCDOT)