WED crapse edisto flooding aerial

Photographer Kevin Crapse’s view of the flooding at the U.S. 301 bridge at the Edisto River, as taken in a flight sponsored by Kwest Mortgage Group.

Orangeburg County Emergency Services Director Billy Staley has  announced that Highway 45 in Holly Hill, which is maintained by the state, has been closed.

“We had a hole open up on Highway 45 Wednesday night  at 8 o'clock. It happened in the highway right there near the racetrack in between Holly Hill and Eutawville,” he said.

S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones also announced that River Road remains closed in Rowesville, but that traffic flow along Interstate 95 has been somewhat opened up.

“You can get on I-95 and go up to the 119 Exit (Manning), but you can’t go any further than that,” Jones said.

The U.S. 301 bridge over the Edisto River remains closed until a structural assessment is made.

S.C. Department of Transportation District 7 Maintenance Engineeer David Brandyburg said the DOT has one bridge inspection crew that handles bridge inspections for eight different counties in the district, and bridge inspections are being scheduled "as quickly as possible."

Brandyburg said,  "This morning, we reopened Hudson Road back to traffic. So currently, the only two in this portion of the county that are closed are 301 bridge and River Road. Slab Landing is maintained by Calhoun County and is still closed to traffic. We have Cleveland Street down in Holly Hill area that's still closed to traffic."

He said roads previously closed in Orangeburg such as U.S. 178 at Bull Swamp, Stonewall Jackson Boulevard and Glover Street were all reopened, including the lower end of Russell Street in Orangeburg.

As for the 301 bridge, he said, "We've got to do some repairs. We're gonna try to work to get to see if they're able to inspect it today. And if they're able to inspect it today, I anticipate our repairs to be done today. Once that is done, then we'll try to reopen it back up."

Brandyburg said water levels, however, have to be low enough for the work crews to inspect underneath the bridge.

"We've already assessed it from above. There's no sign of damage up above, but we have to check underneath to make sure there are no signs of damage underneath the bridge. And once they've done this, they'll let us know," he said.


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