Wando Bridge Expected to Be Closed for Four Weeks During Emergency Repairs

May 16, 2018, 5:13 pm EST | Share:

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WTAT-TV) — Officials with the South Carolina Department of Transportation said necessary repairs to fix a snapped cable on the westbound side of James B. Edwards Bridge could take several weeks to complete.

Officials estimated the I-526 bridge over the Wando Bridge could remain closed for four weeks, with a target date of reopening by June 11th.

The bridge closed Monday afternoon after we earned a cable on the westbound side of the bridge had come apart. Leaders said it could possibly take up to 48 hours to repair, but we now know that is not the case.

Christy Hall, director of the S.C. Dept. of Transportation said on Wednesday SCDOT and a score of experts are working in three major areas when it comes to the bridge. First, they are working to complete a forensic analysis of what exactly happened. Second, they are working to develop and implement a repair plan to get the bridge open, and third, working on the movement of traffic in and out of the area.

McMaster said a weakness in one of the cables was discovered back in 2016. “From that point on, once that repair was done, instead of inspecting these bridges every two years they were being inspected by DOT every week.”

He said this particular break was not more than one-week old.

In addition to the weekly inspections, Hall said they are also doing daily walkthroughs of both eastbound and westbound structures.

McMaster said the Department of Public Safety has sent extra highway patrol to the area to help monitor and move traffic as best as possible.