The Laurens County Roads and Bridges Division received notice from the South Carolina Department of Transportation that the immediate closure of an additional county bridge, located in the northern area of the county, is recommended.
Prior to this announcement, the Roads and Bridges Division has been working diligently on developing an inventory and asset management for all the county’s bridges and pipes. It is anticipated that the County may have more than $10 million in deficient bridge and pipe structures. Additionally, the division operates and maintains in excess of 700 roads totaling over 460 miles.
By way of email communication, the SCDOT recommended the closure of the county bridge on Harris Grove Church Road intersecting Hwy. 101. The basis cited by SCDOT was the age and wear of the bridge and heavy vehicle traffic using the bridge crossings.
“Our county road and bridge assets are a critical component to our county’s infrastructure. The safety of our traveling public is and has always been priority one for our elected Council and the staff/employees who work daily to maintain and repair these critical assets.” said Dale Satterfield, Director of Public Works.
Bridge assessments contracted by SCDOT are occurring across the state, and as such, so are closings.
Laurens County staff will begin immediately defining and quantifying the repairs and/or replacements of these bridges. All Emergency Services, EMS, Fire and Sheriff’s Office personnel has been notified and is altering travel routes, where needed, to maintain quality service to citizens.
The Department of Public Works will inform the public as information is obtained on length of closures, progress, etc. Information will be conveyed to local media outlets. For more information, contact the Department of Public Works at 864-984-6812 for any updated information or, www.laurenscounty.us.