Expect some delays on interstate 95 northbound near Lake Marion–at least through December 19th!
Officials have closed a lane of traffic to make emergency repairs after cracks were found on the bridge over the lake. Crews will work around the clock.
Lee Floyd is State Bridge Maintenance Engineer for the Department of Transportation. He says the problem began after the bridge deck of the northbound lane was recently patched.
“We found some problems where a lot of the patches cracked and failed,” said Floyd. “Right before Thanksgiving one patch area punched through, opening up. So we put a steel plate on it and monitored it through the Thanksgiving holidays.”
And Floyd says another patch in the other lane then developed a problem.
Floyd says initially they were going to just put large plates over the problem areas temporarily, to get through the holidays, but after he looked at the problems again Thursday, he realized that he didn’t want to take a chance, and that immediate repair was a better idea.
Floyd says I-95 is a very busy highway. “Interstate 95 goes all the way from Miami all the way up north, and a lot of people travel it and it’s going to be especially busy over the holidays,” said Floyd. “I just wasn’t willing to take that chance. The best course of action was to get it fixed right.”
Approximately 15,000 vehicles cross the bridge each day. The Highway Patrol advises that you take an alternative route if it would help–but the closest detour is about 40 extra miles.