Crews to fix I-95 bridge indicative of SC’s road problems

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Road crews will close one northbound lane of a key South Carolina highway link along the East Coast to repair concrete that keeps crumbling off one of the Interstate 95 bridges over the Great Pee Dee River.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation hopes by rebuilding one span on the half-mile bridge north of Florence it will eliminate the huge potholes and periodic lane closures to fix them.

The work begins Wednesday. Authorities are warning about delays until the job is finished the last week of April.

Engineers say the problem is the concrete on the bridge and the steel bars that help create the road deck are so old that the concrete no longer properly adheres.

Inspectors say the structure of the bridge is still sound.

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