By Sonya Stevenssstevens@abcnews4.com
MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCIV) -- You can expect more road closures in Mt. Pleasant this week. This time the work will be done on the new Hungryneck/I-526 Bridge.
"It's such a pain," said driver Jaime Ledwell. "There is always traffic especially getting off over here off 526 this way."
"I think it's very good that they are finally getting something done about the flow of traffic through Mt Pleasant on highway 17, which has been horrendous for forever," said driver Jim Chandler.
And the work is slowly but surely getting done. But this week, you won't notice the workers unless you are out driving late at night or early in the morning.
"Traffic is so much heavier during the day. It will be almost impossible to re-route this traffic and at night, traffic will die down quite a bit so that is what was selected," said Ed Barbee, Town of Mt. Pleasant's Road Project Liaison. "Plus DOT does have limited times they let their lanes be closed, so that was one of the times when we could close the lanes."
And during the overnight hours they are putting in girders, which will eventually support the traffic over Highway 17.
"People coming from the north area that are going out to the shopping centers and going out to IOP, they won't even have to get off 526 at all," said Barbee. "I-526 will continue onto Hungryneck and that will go all the way out to the IOP connector."
The road closures will be Tuesday night, Wednesday night and Thursday night. All lanes of Highway 17 will be shut down from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. Then Friday night at 10:30 until 7:30 Saturday morning all lanes will be closed once again. These closures could change if there is bad weather this week.
If you are going to be traveling on Highway 17 during the hours that north and southbound lanes will be closed, there will be detour signs. You can find more details on the detours here.
The Hungryneck/I-526 Bridge should be complete by this time next year, if everything continues on schedule.