To the editor:
After receiving several calls and messages from folks concerned about the construction of the new replacement bridge in the Teal’s Mill area and the possibility of a subsequent long-term road closing, I contacted Mr John McCarter, S.C. DOT district engineering administrator, to ascertain exactly what the plans are for this important project.
Mr. McCarter assured me that although it was projected to take 18 months to complete the replacement bridge, which takes the place of two existing bridges, the road would remain open “except for periodic closures” and the old bridges would not be closed permanently until the new crossway is in place and passable. He also assured that every effort will be taken by the DOT to have as few disruptions as possible during the upcoming construction.
I reiterated to him that the safety and welfare of the residents affected are of paramount importance to our first responders who depend on this important transportation artery to save lives and property and I made an official request that the DOT review and reinforce these facts to the crews, managers and supervisors who will be involved. He assured me that he would. All of us who live in rural areas of South Carolina know that a detour that costs even a few minutes can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency situation.
I want to thank everyone who contacted me with their concerns and I also want to thank Mr. McCarter for his help to address and minimize potential problems during the construction of this important bridge replacement.
District 53 House representative