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SCDOT: Old Shoals Road bridge to re-open in April

February 18, 2017 GMT

An area bridge that has been closed for more than a year is finally set to re-open, according to a report by the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

According to the SCDOT’s Infrastructure Recovery Monthly Report published this week, status updates on projects still ongoing from the thousand-year flood in October 2015, and Hurricane Matthew were listed.

One Aiken County bridge remains on the SCDOT’s project list since the epic rain and floods from the storms of Oct. 5, 2015.

The bridge replacement at Old Shoals Road (S-151) between U.S. 1 and Mt. Pleasant Road in northern Aiken County is scheduled to be completed by April 10, 2017.

The Old Shoals Road bridge is one of five bridges still under repair and replacement in the state. The other four bridges are located in Saluda, Lexington and Clerendon counties.

The remaining 19 projects involve dam repair and replacement in Calhoun, Lexington, Clerendon and Richland counties.

More than 30 state and county roads and bridges were washed out in eastern and northern Aiken County over the weekend of October when more epic rain dropped more than 20 inches of rain on parts of the county over a 48-hour period in October, 2015.

To date, 20 flood-related bridge replacements have been completed.

The original completion date of the Old Shoals Road bridge replacement was March 1, 2016, but that date has been pushed back more than a year.

SCDOT, DHEC and elected officials continue to examine possible dam alternatives and repairs, according to the report.

Closures from the 1,000 year flood are down over 96 percent from the peak closure of 541 roads.