Plans to replace steel plated girders on I-77 bridges in Chester County are moving forward, according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation.
South Carolina Department of Transportation bridge inspectors found cracks in the girders of bridge decks on the Interstate. The cracks were in four beams on the northbound bridge and one beam on the southbound bridge that crosses over Highway 901 in York County. Cracks were also found in steel girders of two I-77 bridges in Chester County. These discoveries have led SCDOT to inspect 70 more bridges designed and built about the same time -in 1977.
In a SCDOT news release, Transportation Secretary H.B. Limehouse Jr. says the agency is trying to balance all needs related to the repair project. He adds,”Our first priority is maintaining the integrity of these two bridges so that the public can use them safely at all times.”
Limehouse also said that the decision has been made to replace all 12 girders in these bridges to avoid excessive costs in the future.
Inspectors have determined that there is no immediate danger to the public and the bridges on I-77 will remain open until the work begins. SCDOT engineers are designing detours to keep traffic moving with little inconvenience, once the repairs begin.