The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, opened the bridge over the North Saluda River on Bates Bridge Road in Greenville County. It is the first bridge in Greenville, Spartanburg, Pickens and Oconee counties (SCDOT's Engineering District 3) to be built using Act 98 funding.
Act 98 was signed into law by Governor Nikki Haley on June 24, 2013, after the legislation was passed by the General Assembly. Act 98 provided SCDOT with additional millions of dollars for bridge, resurfacing and mainline interstate projects.
"This is very good news and another example of SCDOT putting to use funds provided by Governor Nikki Haley and the Legislature," said Secretary of Transportation Janet P. Oakley. "Improvements like this to our transportation infrastructure make our overall economic engine that much stronger in the Palmetto State."
Located approximately 5 miles northwest of Travelers Rest in Greenville County, the bridge on Bates Bridge Road had been rated structurally deficient and was load restricted for about 15 years.
The 120-foot bridge has wider lanes and shoulders than the old bridge. Columns that were in the river have been removed.
The project was on budget with a contract amount of $796,996. Construction began Aug. 25. A one-mile detour had been in place. The contractor was Palmetto Infrastructure Inc., of Greenville.
For more information about Act 98 and its impact on South Carolina, visit http://www.scdot.org/inside/act98.aspx.