The South Carolina Department of Transportation has announced it will be able to rebuild a collapsed bridge in Berkeley County relatively quickly, after receiving emergency funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
The structure collapsed Monday evening as a train passed underneath it. An SCDOT spokesman said initial evidence from the scene suggests that the train derailed and struck the bridge.
A release from the agency said rebuilding the Cypress Gardens Road bridge will take about six months and cost $2 million once construction begins. “The Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Haley on Tuesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after the bridge collapse was a significant factor in expediting FHWA emergency funding for SCDOT,” Acting Transportation Secretary Christy Hall said in a statement.
Those six months likely cannot come quickly enough for the nearby Cypress Gardens park. The popular Lowcountry tourist venue lost its primary access road due to the bridge collapse. Visitors must instead take a 22-mile detour to approach the park from the opposite direction.