August 29
SCDOT Awards Contract in Emergency Repairs for Bridge over I-26 in Laurens County

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has awarded an emergency contract to A.M. Tuck, Inc., of Bradley, SC, to repair the SC 56 bridge over Interstate 26.


The bridge received severe damage to two of its beams when struck by a tractor hauling equipment on Aug. 20. SCDOT bridge engineers inspected the bridge after the incident and load restricted the bridge to 3 tons.


An emergency order issued by South Carolina Secretary of Transportation H.B. “Buck” Limehouse, Jr., allowed SCDOT engineers to seek immediate bids from contractors.


A.M. Tuck has informed SCDOT that based on the mobilization and preparation time and beam deliveries, the company plans to begin repairs on the evening of September 4.  The bridge will be closed to all traffic at that time to expedite the repairs, lessen costs and improve safety.


The following detour will be in place during the repair work:


           Southbound traffic SC 56 from Spartanburg will use SC 49 southbound in Cross Anchor, to I-26 eastbound and return to SC 56 at exit # 52.

           Northbound traffic on SC 56 from Clinton will use SC 56/72 Truck Route, then on SC 72 eastbound to I-26 and then westbound on I-26 and return to SC 56 at exit # 52.


At this time, it is not known when the repairs will be completed. SCDOT will have more information on a timetable after a preconstruction meeting is held on Thursday.