Travelers between Pickens and Greenville Counties will soon be facing a major detour.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation said a bridge will be closed in January as crews make emergency repairs. The bridge is located on state Highway 183 Farr’s Bridge Road at the Saluda River.
SCDOT has posted a 20-mile detour for drivers to get around the work.
SCDOT said the bridge will be closed Jan. 2 and will reopen Jan. 31, unless weather or other circumstances get in the way.
A detour will take drivers around the construction and back on to state Highway 183. Traveling east on state Highway 183, drivers taking the detour will turn right on Jameson Road, left on Lenhardt Road, right on Grant Valley Road, left on Saluda Dam Road, left on U.S. Highway 25 White Horse Road, and then back on state Highway 183 Farr’s Bridge Road.
The detour should take a little more than 20 minutes.
That time counts in an emergency.
Dan Zucchi’s in-laws lives right by the bridge. He said he takes it almost daily.
Zucchi recalls when he had a heart attack back in August.
“If I had to sit right there and wait for them to flag me through or something like that…you know, it could have been bad,” he said.
7 News reached out to the Dacusville Fire Department and Pickens County EMS about how the detour could affect response times. Fire crews said the detour shouldn’t hold them up, as help from Greenville should be able to use Hunts Bridge Road to arrive at a comparable time.
The EMS director also said they’ll be taking that detour to straight to Greenville rather that the SCDOT detour.
“I think looking at our detours that we’ll be taking it’ll probably be maybe a ten, probably 15 minute delay at the most for us, making the alternate route arrangements,” said Pickens County EMS director Michael Marling.