PICKENS COUNTY — The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) opened a temporary bridge last Wednesday over Six Mile Creek near Daniel High School.
The bridge will replace the existing, damaged structure on Jones Mill Road.
The bridge over Six Mile Creek was closed Aug. 6 when heavy rains caused a partial collapse, officials say.
Governor Haley signed an emergency declaration that allowed SCDOT officials to request Emergency Relief Funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on that same day. FHWA approved the request on Aug. 12 and approved the use of a temporary bridge on Aug. 27.
According to the department of transportation website, “SCDOT uses temporary bridges because they save money for motorists by reconnecting them sooner than if they had to spend time and fuel on detours while awaiting a permanent bridge replacement.”
Plans are being developed for a permanent replacement bridge.
The department of transportation’s plan includes leaving the temporary bridge in place at least until end of the current school year so as not to disrupt access to Daniel High once Jones Mill Road is re-opened.