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Four Holes Road Bridge

The S.C. Department of Transportation was forced to tear down the Four Holes Road bridge over Interstate 26 in March after it was destroyed by a tractor-trailer.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has sent out a request for proposals for the replacement of the Four Holes Road bridge over Interstate 26 in Orangeburg County.

The DOT released the RFP for industry review to three firms May 24 for the Four Holes Road project as well as for a bridge-replacement project in Dillon County with the intent to enter into one contract for both projects, according to agency documents.

Firms in line to bid on the project include Charlotte, North Carolina-based Crowder Construction Co.; Opelika, Alabama-based The Scott Bridge Company; and Charlotte, North Carolina-based United Infrastructure Group, Inc.

DOT officials declined comment about the project, noting it is in currently in the "active procurement' process."

The Four Holes Road bridge was heavily damaged on March 9 when a tractor-trailer carrying a load of gravel ran into one of the pilings. The driver was killed in the accident.

State engineers determined the bridge was beyond repair. The structure was demolished immediately following the crash.

According to a project timeline on the request for proposals, an open forum meeting was held June 7 allowing possible contractors to ask questions and receive clarification on the RFPs.

After taking into consideration questions and comments made at the open-forum, a final RFP is to be issued June 14.

Construction firms will then need to submit technician and cost proposals for the project by June 28.

After evaluation of the proposals, SCDOT plans to award and execute a contract, according to the RFP.

Construction is scheduled to begin this fall and is anticipated to be complete by the end of July 2019.

SCDOT will use the design/build process to replace the bridge, meaning the department will be allowed to procure a contractor to perform both the design and construction of the bridge on a compressed timeline.

Following Gov. Henry McMaster’s declaration of an emergency, Quick Release Emergency Relief funds in the amount of $1 million were made available by the Federal Highway Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Four Holes Road serves as a connector between U.S. Highway 176 and U.S. Highway 301. The road has a traffic count of about 450 cars a day.

A detour has been put in place for traffic on Four Holes Road.

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Staff Writer

Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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