SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has closed a Spartanburg County bridge for repairs.
SCDOT said the Bryant Road bridge over Betty Green Creek has been closed. Leaders said it was an emergency closure, after corrosion was found on some of the bridge beams.
“I think for a couple days, it will be an inconvenience for a lot of people, especially with not being warned about it,” said neighbor Corey Collins who lives off Bryant Road.
Collins said signs stating the bridge was closed, popped up on Monday.
“It caught me by surprise, my brother left earlier that day and he didn’t call me and say anything about it. But when I left for work around 3:30, 3:45, if you looked left, there was construction [signs],” said Collins.
He uses the bridge daily.
“I go left to get to everywhere: to get to work, to get to the gym, to get everywhere,” said Collins.
Now, he’s forced to change routes.
“It took me about an extra 10 minutes to get to work yesterday,” said Collins. “I had to go all the way around the world just to get somewhere that would’ve taken me eight minutes normally.”
The Whitney Fire Department is right down the road and Chief Shawn Petras said he was surprised to learn about the bridge too.
“We found out, unfortunately, as the way everybody else in the community did, was yesterday morning,” said Petras.
He wishes they received more notice about this closure. He said the closure will impact their routes and response times.
“If we had a call on the other side of the closure, where we could be there in 2 minutes or less, we’re now probably looking at the 8-to-10-minute timeframe to get there just because of the detour, we’ll have to go several miles out of the way to get there,” said Petras.
Still, he said when people call, help will still arrive.
“The main thing we want to do is make all the citizens aware that nobody is in danger, there is no jeopardy, there’s still coverage, we are still responding,” said Petras.
Officials said repairs will cost about $150,000.
Once a bid for the project is awarded, they said repairs should take about 30 days.
SCDOT also said since the bridge has weight restrictions, it will eventually need to be replaced.
Under SCDOT’s 10-year plan, they’re working to remove and replace all weight restricted bridges in South Carolina.
An average of 5,800 vehicles a day pass over the Bryant Road bridge.
Drivers are being detoured to Highway 9 to get around the closure.