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S. C. DOT Getting Extra Money For The Worst Bridges

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Bridges Across Upstate May Be Rebuilt With New Money Bridges Across Upstate May Be Rebuilt With New Money
Some of the worst bridges in the Upstate could soon be rebuilt thanks to millions of dollars given to the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

The State DOT was given $50 Million as one time money for bridge repair says S.C. Department of Transportation Pete Poore.

The money is coming from the State's surplus fund. A list of proposed bridges to replace will be given to the DOT Commission on Thursday.

There are hundreds of bridges in the Upstate that are considered substandard, they are either "structurally deficient" or "functionally obsolete" according to National Bridge Inventory data.

However, any bridge that's open is safe to travel Poore says.

"Structurally deficient" means the bridge has a significant defect. It might have cracked and had an extra support put in to help. Speed and weight limits might also be put on the bridge.

"Functionally obsolete" means the bridge doesn't fit it's current usability. The shoulder or lanes might be smaller than standard or it's too small to handle the current amount of traffic.

All bridges are inspected every two years. Bridges that DOT has concerns about will be looked at every year, sometimes every six months.

Bridges picked to be replaced will either be closed and drivers will make a detour until the new bridge is built or a new bridge will be built parallel to the old bridge.

DOT has also been given a $50 Million Dollar bond to complete seven more projects over the next decade. This year they've been given $42.2 Million Dollars from Vehicle Tax Revenue to resurface roads.
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