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The S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled an information session for Tuesday, Oct. 15, to discuss the Lynches River Bridge on Overbrook Road that crosses into Chesterfield County.
The meeting is 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Taxahaw Baptist Church, 1734 Overbrook Road, Kershaw (near the intersection of Taxahaw Road).
According to a release issued Monday, Oct. 14, by SCDOT, the purpose of the meeting is to provide information and solicit feedback from area residents concerning the existing Lynches River bridge there.
Overbrook Road (S-37) becomes Taxahaw Highway when it crosses over into Chesterfield County.
SCDOT said the bridge there is structurally deficient and needs to be repaired or replaced.
However, due to low traffic volume, limited funding and two other nearby river crossings, SCDOT is considering permanently removing this bridge.
It is estimated the existing bridge will remain open to traffic until the end of 2016, barring unforeseen circumstances, the release said.
The closure could affect some residents along Overbrook Road, as well as Yahoo Way, Riverbanks Road and Dakota Street who use the bridge to go to Pageland.
Those in Chesterfield County affected by permanently removing the structure include residents of Taxahaw Highway, Million Arant Highway and Hidden Way Lane, as well as some homeowners along Union Hill Church Road.
SCDOT representatives will be available at the meeting to answer questions.
The meeting will have a drop-in format, with displays for viewing. Informal, written and verbal comments will be collected during the meeting.
Another purpose of the meeting will be to gather information from the public or any interested organizations related to this bridge and on historic or cultural resources in the area.
All views and comments made at the meeting will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.
For details, residents can contact Kenneth Johnson, SCDOT assistant program manager, at (803) 737-1489 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those with disabilities who may require special accommodations to attend the meeting should call Elisabeth Bleasdale at (803) 737-1395.
This is the second bridge-related closing that has impacted motorists who travel between Chesterfield and Lancaster counties. SCDOT recently closed the Lynches River Bridge over Camp Creek Road (Lancaster County) and West Landford Road (Chesterfield County) for structural deterioration.
Those who normally use that Camp Creek Road/Lynches River bridge are having to detour into Union County, N.C., until repairs are made.
Contact Greg Summers at (803) 283-1156