YORK CO., S.C. — Transit officials say Interstate 77 southbound bridge over the Catawba River in York County with be closed from May 6th to May 24th as repairs are being made for the bridge deck replacement.
Officials say while these repairs are being made, traffic will be diverted to the northbound side of I-77 for around a half-mile beginning just north of the Catawba River Bridge.
Both northbound and southbound lanes in this section of the interstate will be reduced from four lanes to two lanes to maintain traffic flow, and officials say temporary concrete barriers will be placed to separate both sides of traffic.
Officials say the following ramps will also be closed on I-77 during construction:
- Southbound I-77 on-ramp from Sutton Road.
- Northbound I-77 on-ramp from Cherry Road.
- Both Northbound I-77 on-ramps from Celanese Road.
- Northbound I-77 on-ramp from the Collector/Distributor along Exit 82.
A detour for these ramps will be posted using U.S. 21 and Sutton Road, according to transit officials.
Officials say the bridge, originally built in the 1970s, has showed clear signs of deterioration as well as required many repairs over the past decade that has impacted traffic in the area.
So although heavy congestion with traffic backups are expected during the 17 days of repairs, officials say an SCDOT contractor will replace the concrete bridge deck as a more permanent solution to the problem.