CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Governor Henry McMaster sent a letter to the South Carolina Department of Transportation requesting that they develop a plan for two way traffic on the Wando Bridge.
The letter states that McMaster wants SCDOT to develop and execute a plan for two-way traffic on the eastbound portion of the Wando Bridge.
He is requesting this plan while the repairs are being made to the westbound portion of the bridge.
The SCDOT closed the bridge down Monday afternoon after discovering a snapped cable inside the bridge structure. Workers discovered the broken cable during a weekly inspection.
Engineers will complete temporary repairs to the James B. Edwards Bridge within the next 4 weeks. Leland Colvin with SCDOT says permanent repairs can be made once the westbound lanes of the bridge are back open.
What caused the cable to snap was not clear, but officials said water had seeped into the structure and caused some corrosion.
While acknowledging that the bridge closure would impact students and faculty East of the Cooper, when asked, the Charleston County School District says buses will run as scheduled. Parents and staff are asked to allow for extra travel time.