Five months after unprecedented rainfall and flooding hit much of the Midlands and Lowcountry, South Carolina’s transportation agency says half of the routes that are still closed have no projected opening date.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation said Thursday that 48 roads across South Carolina remain closed since the record October floods. Most of the affected routes are either located on or near a failed dam, or feature a damaged bridge that is considered unsafe for vehicles.
In all, the agency said $137 million in road and bridge repairs are needed statewide, with federal emergency aid covering the majority of the cost. South Carolina’s share of the repairs is around $49 million, officials said.
However, in its update sent out Thursday, the Department of Transportation noted that 24 repair projects have no reopen date scheduled at this time.
The agency said the problem with each of those roads is that they are either located atop a failed dam or are immediately downstream of one. Since the dams are privately-owned, highway officials cannot rebuild the roadway until the owners make the needed repairs or abandon it completely.