Laurens Co. Road Now Open After 31 Mile Detour - WSPA.com

Laurens Co. Road Now Open After 31 Mile Detour

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The South Carolina Department of Transportation says US 76 in Laurens County has reopened to traffic.  A short section of the road near North Rabon Creek was closed last month prompting a lengthy detour for some motorists. The South Carolina Department of Transportation says US 76 in Laurens County has reopened to traffic. A short section of the road near North Rabon Creek was closed last month prompting a lengthy detour for some motorists.
LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. -

Updated: August 14, 2013

The South Carolina Department of Transportation says US 76 in Laurens County has reopened to traffic.  A short section of the road near North Rabon Creek was closed last month prompting a lengthy detour for some motorists.

The roadway opened Wednesday after repairs were completed on schedule.

Updated: July 1, 2013

Part of U.S. Highway 76 in Laurens County is closing for more than a month for emergency repairs.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation will close about a half-mile of the road west of Laurens starting Monday.

Crews will repair areas where water has eroded part of an embankment and is threatening the road's stability. Workers will install metal sheeting that should stabilize the embankment and support the road.

The DOT expects the highway to remain closed through the middle of August.

A 30-mile detour will posted for most traffic, with a local detour posted as well.

Posted: June 26, 2013

The South Carolina Department of Transportation is shutting down a portion US 76 in Laurens County for emergency repairs.

The SCDOT says the highway will be closed near North Rabon Creek, roughly 3.2 miles east of Neely Ferry Road starting July 1. That's a 31-mile long detour.

Detour signs will be in place to route traffic on to SC 252 to US 25 and back to US 76. Alternate detour routes will be available for local traffic.

Maintenance engineers tell 7 On Your Side Highway 76 is in need of urgent repair. Heavy rainfall is washing away the slope in three areas just past the guardrail.

The department is spending 1-point-5 million dollars to stabilize the slope and shoulder.

"Eventually the entire roadway would have basically washed away," said SCDOT Maintenance Engineer Rob Russian.

Russian says the SCDOT has been monitoring the situation closely. Restorations will consist of permanent installations of metal sheeting which will stabilize and support the roadway.

Officials say road is scheduled to be reopened by August 14.

Questions regarding the emergency repairs can be directed to SCDOT's Customer Service Center at 855-GO-SCDOT (855-467-2368).

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