Drivers Can Now Travel On New I-77 Bridge In York County
Construction on the I-77 southbound bridge over the Catawba River in York County is ahead of schedule with two southbound lanes opening for travel Friday afternoon, state transportation officials say.
SC DOT officials say drivers can start to use two new lanes of the newly constructed bridge, on May 21st ahead of Monday’s deadline, as South Carolina troopers lead drivers through the new lanes.
Transportation officials say all lanes of travel on the bridge will be reopened by 5 a.m. on Monday, May 24th.
Original Story (5/10/21):
YORK COUNTY, S.C. — The I-77 southbound bridge over the Catawba River in York County is scheduled to be closed for extensive, around-the-clock repairs beginning 9 p.m. May 6, 2021, and ending at 5 a.m. May 24, 2021.
The time period of the closure for the repairs is barring delays due to weather or unforeseen circumstances. Traffic will be diverted to the northbound side of I-77 during the repair project.
Construction work is planned for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to expedite the project as much as possible.
I-77 is the main route between Columbia and Charlotte and sees an average of 120,000 vehicles a day. The only nearby bridge on U.S. Highway 21 sees an average of 30,000 vehicle a day, according to SCDOT figures.
Built in the 1970s, the I-77 southbound bridge deck over the Catawba River has shown clear signs of deterioration and has required many repairs during the past decade, often taking several days and impacting traffic, according to news release.