Updated bridge to connect sea islands to Beaufort County
BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — Officials are opening a replacement bridge that will connect Beaufort County’s mainland with nearby sea islands.
Local media report a ribbon-cutting ceremony is being held Monday for the bridge across the Harbor River.
The state Department of Transportation says the new structure replaces an 82-year-old swing-span bridge. It’s along US Highway 21, or the Sea Island Parkway, which serves as a designated hurricane evacuation route for coastal Beaufort County.
The project is part of the agency’s 10-year plan to replace hundreds of structurally deficient bridges across the state. The old bridge will be taken offshore and used as an artificial reef.