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June 29
Work Begins Tonight (Tuesday, June 29) to Re-establish I-77 Traffic Pattern in Chester County

Emergency Repair Project One Month Ahead of Schedule

            The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) reminds motorists that crews Tuesday evening, June 29, will begin to re-establish the traffic pattern back on the interstate mainline after two bridges were replaced on Interstate 77 in Chester County.

            This will require the left lane of I-77 in both directions to be closed beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

            Traffic will be shifted back to the mainline of the highway by Wednesday morning, June 30, weather permitting.

            “I am pleased to report that this emergency project is approximately one month ahead of schedule,” said Transportation Secretary H.B. Limehouse Jr. “SCDOT crews and our contractor have worked diligently to ensure the safety of the motoring public as well as limiting any inconvenience by keeping traffic moving through this area.”

          

            Limehouse issued an emergency contract and work began on June 7 to replace the 12 steel girders in both bridges after cracks were discovered in a routine inspection.

          

            During the work to replace the bridges, traffic was shifted from the two lanes of northbound and southbound I-77 onto the exit ramps, crossing S-12-56 (Old Richburg Road) uninterrupted, and then resuming travel on I-77.  

          

            Ramps and S-12-56 will remain closed for approximately 3-4 weeks as crews complete the project.