The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) opened a temporary bridge Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 13, to replace the existing, damaged structure on Jones Mill Road over Six Mile Creek in Pickens County near Daniel High School.
SCDOT uses temporary bridges because they save money for motorists by reconnecting them sooner than if they had to spend time and fuel on detours while awaiting a permanent bridge replacement.
The bridge over Six Mile Creek was closed on the night of August 6, 2013 when heavy rains caused a partial collapse. Governor Haley signed an emergency declaration on August 9, 2013 that allowed SCDOT to request Emergency Relief Funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on that same day. FHWA approved the request on August 12, 2013 and approved the use of a temporary bridge on August 27, 2013.
Plans are being developed for a permanent replacement bridge.
SCDOT's plan includes leaving the temporary bridge in place at least until end of the current school year so as not to disrupt access to Daniel High School once Jones Mill Road is re-opened.
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