A snapped cable inside of a bridge forced the closure of one stretch of I-526 in Charleston in order to effect emergency repairs. The damage was discovered by engineers with the South Carolina Department of Transportation while performing a routine inspection. This same bridge, which spans the Wando River, also suffered a snapped cable back in 2016. Since that time, SCDOT has conducted weekly inspections.
State officials say there is no timetable for when the bridge will reopen. There is concern that the bridge might have to remain closed through the busy Memorial Day weekend. This will have the greatest impact on motorists and buses making daily commutes from areas like Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, and Isle of Palms. A closure through Memorial Day could potentially affect thousands of tourists making for the Lowcountry beach for the holiday. Your text to link…
In the meantime, SCDOT has worked with local law enforcement agencies to set up detours during the period when the Wando River bridge on I-526 is closed. Two detours have been established to accommodate affected traffic. Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie said everyone will be affected by the closure of the bridge. He urged all residents to be patient and courteous while the closure is in effect. The closure has resulted in stalled traffic that caused problems for parents getting their children to school and people trying to get to work on time.
The bridge over the Wando River was originally opened in 1989. Roughly 35,000 vehicles use that stretch of I-526 every day.