UNION COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – The South Carolina Department of Transportation said the bridge over the Tyger River on Sardis Road will be closed to through traffic.

The closure began Saturday July 23, 2022.

Leaders with DOT said the bridge closure is due to issues noticed during a routine inspection.

A detour route has been put on place for through traffic to take until the construction is over. The detour is approximately 13.12 miles in total length.

The route will begin at the intersection of Sardis Road and Bishop Road. A left turn onto Bishop Road lasting for 4.38 miles to SC 49 Cross Keys Highway will continue the detour. Continue by turning left onto SC 49 and drive for 1.35 miles to Bombing Range Road. The detour continues by turning left onto Bombing Range Road and continuing on for 2.85 miles to Old Buncombe Road. Make a left turn onto Galilee Church Road and drive 2.18 miles to Sardis Road.

Neighbors said they were surprised to discover the bridge was closed.

“I just drove over it last Friday,” said Kelly Montgomery who lives in Union County.

Montgomery said she uses the bridge to get to work at Whitmire, where she teaches. With classes starting soon, she said she’ll have to find a different route for her commute.

“It’s going to be very inconvenient. It’s going to add time to our commute, will have to get up a little bit early, leave a little earlier,” said Montgomery.

DOT did not specify the issues found during the inspection. The estimated time of completion on the bridge is September 1, 2025. 7 News reached out to SCDOT leaders for more information about the project.