The new bridge will have a vertical clearance of 55-feet
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is moving forward with a project to replace the aging SC Route 41 Bridge over the Wando River in Berkeley County. The existing structure is a swing span bridge built in 1939 and must now be opened manually for boat traffic. This bridge is both structurally deficient and functionally obsolete and is nearing the end of its useful life.
After concern over the proposed 55' vertical clearance of the bridge was voiced by elected officials and other local stakeholders, SCDOT was asked to re-visit the vertical clearance requirements prior to beginning construction. SCDOT had been coordinating and consulting with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and other stakeholders for nearly the last ten years developing this important infrastructure project.
In addition, SCDOT sent out over 650 questionnaires to property/dock owners, marinas and other marine facilities upstream and downstream and to those who attended the public meeting held in December of 2012. The results of the survey were compiled and transmitted to the USCG for their review and vertical clearance determination.
After a thorough review, the USCG has determined that a 55' vertical clearance best meets the "reasonable needs of navigation" for this waterway. SCDOT has directed its contractor, PCL Civil Constructors to proceed with design and construction of a 55' vertical clearance, fixed span structure.
The design-build contract with PCL is in the amount of $30.4 million. The bridge is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2016. Traffic will be maintained on the existing bridge while the new bridge is under construction.
Photos of the existing bridge can be found at the following links:
# # # # #