ANDERSON, S.C. (WSPA) – Shackleburg Road Bridge re-opened Wednesday morning in Anderson County.
The special announcement happened at 10 a.m. on the bridge located in the 500 and 600 block of Shackleburg Road, according to Anderson County officials.
Anderson County officials also announced a new name for the bridge. The bridge is now called, the “Owen Farm Bridge”.
“The Anderson County Council at one of our council meetings, about two weeks ago, did a resolution. And they named this bridge after y’all,” said Rusty Burns, Anderson County Administrator.
The re-naming of the bridge is to honor the Owen family, who’ve had a 200 acre farm in the area for more than 100 years.
“I’m still shaking. I didn’t know a thing about this. I just thought we were going to have a bridge open today, nothing about a dedication for us. It is a great honor,” said Martin Owen, bridge honoree.
The former Shackleburg Road Bridge was closed for 15 months. In February 2020, the bridge was damaged in historic rainfall.
“Back in February 6th, when the historic floods came, this bridge was washed completely out. It’s been closed for about 15 months now,” said Matt Hogan, Anderson County Roads and Bridges Department Manager.
The $400,000 construction project started in February of this year.
“I can say, I’m sorry it took so long. That’s just the nature of the work we do. Going through design phases, utilities, just weather. We had a lot of rain this year. It was a historic year for rain, so that put us behind a little bit,” Hogan said.
“It may not have been as quick as some would have wanted it to be, but we’re here today to celebrate the opening of this bridge,” said Jimmy Davis, Anderson County Council, District Six.
“Everyone, what seems like was a long time, but there is a permit, engineering and design. There is permitting processes that have to be done. There is right-of-way acquisition to properly maintain the bridge, and to protect the environment over here,” said Brett Sanders, Anderson County Council Vice-Chairman, District Four.
Senator Richard Cash said people always ask about repairs to roads in their neck of the woods.
“The county is doing the best they can to take care of everyone, as fast as they can. And I just want to say thank you to the County. They’ve gotten this bridge done. It looks beautiful,” Cash said.
Some in the area said they’re happy the wait is finally over, but also glad the Owen family’s name and legacy will permanently live on.
“I just want to say being a Piercetown boy myself, super proud of the Owen’s, and of course I’ve known Martin Owen my whole life,” said Sheriff Chad McBride, with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
“My dad was always proud of the Piercetown community. And I think he appreciates it. I know he does,” Owen said.
“This is going to help us all,” he added.
Leaders said they used money from the ‘general fund’ to pay for the construction project, but they hope to get reimbursed for some of it, through FEMA.