August 31
SC 56 Bridge over I-26 in Laurens County Now Closed to All Traffic

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) closed the SC 56 bridge over I-26 Friday, Aug. 31, to all traffic.


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


Original plans called for the bridge to remain open until repairs begin on Sept. 4.  SCDOT bridge inspectors have been monitoring the bridge ever since the collision and have discovered additional cracking, possibly caused by a number of vehicles that have traversed the bridge despite weighing more than the 3-ton limit.


“Our top concern is protecting public safety, and we have no other option at this point but to close the bridge to all traffic,” said South Carolina Secretary of Transportation H.B. “Buck” Limehouse, Jr., “We would rather err on the side of caution.”


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


The following detour is in place:


·        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.