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Darlington County bridge to be replaced, road closed during work

August 29, 2018

LYDIA, S.C. -- A bridge on Indian Branch Road near Oates Highway is set to be replaced and will be closed for about four months starting Sept. 24.

The bridge, which spans Boggy Gully Swamp about half a mile west of Oates Highway, is one of many structurally deficient bridges around South Carolina that will be replaced as part of a 10-year plan, according to a release from the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

The plan calls for the replacement of 465 bridges over the next 10 years.

“The bridge on Indian Branch Road will be replaced by our maintenance forces with a new 70-foot prestressed concrete cored slab bridge,” according to a release on the bridge replacement.

The current plan for the detour is to use West Lydia Highway and Oates Highway. The net additional detour length will be approximately 1.72 miles.

The goal is to have the bridge in place and the road open to traffic by mid-January, according to the release.

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