The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) reports that the project to replace the Cypress Gardens Road Bridge near Highway 52 in Berkeley County is ahead of schedule despite challenging weather conditions.
Secretary of Transportation Janet P. Oakley said a significant milestone was reached July 25-26 when girders were delivered and installed. "Even with storm delays occurring on many recent evenings, the contractor reached this milestone and continues to make significant progress. We are very pleased with the project so far."
SCDOT Commissioner Jim Rozier, who represents the 1st Congressional District including Berkeley County, has been monitoring the progress bridge replacement project since work began. "The Commission understands the significance of the project for the people who live and work in this community," Rozier said. "I am glad to know the contractor is ahead of schedule. This is very good news.
I am so very proud of how diligently SCDOT staff, Cape Romain Contractors, Inc., and CSX Railroad have worked together on this project. They have cooperated amazingly well."
A train derailment on the tracks located under the bridge on April 28, 2014 caused the Cypress Gardens Road Bridge to collapse.
SCDOT awarded an emergency contract in the amount of $3,050,000 to Cape Romain Contractors, Inc. of Wando, to replace the bridge.
The contract calls for a "no excuses" completion of the bridge by October 25, 2014. Additionally, incentives have been included in the contract with Cape Romain Contractors, Inc. to provide a mechanism to accelerate delivery of the completed project ahead of the October 25, 2014, date.
Over the next two weeks, deck forms and deck reinforcing will placed on site.
Photographs of the bridge work progress are available at http://www.scdot-transfer.org/SCDOTPHOTOS/CypressGardens0728