Reminder: SCDOT closing I-26 between US 1 and US 378 on Saturday at 10 p.m.

SCDOT to accelerate the removal of the severely damaged Leaphart Road Bridge

The South Carolina Department of Transportation is closing I-26 between US 1 and US 378 on Saturday, beginning at 10 p.m.  The closure is expected to last 12 hours, ending on Sunday at 10 a.m.

A replacement bridge for Leaphart Road is currently under construction and scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. (Photo by Rob Thompson/SCDOT) 

The closure is designed to expedite the removal of the Leaphart Road Bridge.  This bridge suffered significant structural damage on Friday, March 24th. The bridge was struck by a truck hauling an illegal, oversized load.  This hit is the fourth one sustained by the structure in 2017. Further the Leaphart Road overpass has taken over a dozen known hits since 2015. SCDOT’s bridge inspectors reviewed the bridge immediately following the latest hit on March 24. The decision was made at that time to permanently close to traffic.  Additional inspections and review by SCDOT’s top bridge engineer recommended an accelerated removal of the damaged structure.