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Updated bridge to connect sea islands to Beaufort County

April 26, 2021 GMT

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.