Statewide road/bridge closures down to 80; many to be long term repairs
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- More than 85 percent of roadways that were shut down during widespread flooding across the state last month have reopened, state officials said.
South Carolina Department of Transportation officials say steady progress has left the state with 80 road closures as of Monday, Nov. 9. Some roads that remain closed may be shut down until sometime after Nov. 26 while others may not open until next Spring.
Officials said 425 highway workers in 67 teams are working on reopening the remaining roadways.
SCDOT officials said while the number of closed roads across the state is significantly lower, drivers are still encouraged to use caution and not attempt to drive around barricades.
Interstate I-95 is open in both directions. To see major routes open throughout the state, click here. Highway Patrol officials warn the integrity of some roadways has been compromised resulting in bridge collapses and roads being washed out.
FEMA has opened a recovery center in Holly Hill. Details here.
LOWCOUNTRY ROAD CLOSURESGeorgetown Co. from SCDOT 8 a.m. MondayOld Pee Dee Road from Hicks Dr. to Carvers Bay Rd. (Est open after Nov. 26)Williamsburg Co. from SCDOT 8 a.m. MondayBattery Park Road from Hemingway Hwy to Friendship Church Rd (Est open undetermined)Cade Road from S-504 (Bradley Bay Rd) to S-118 (Bartells Road) (Est open after Nov. 26)Old Georgetown Road from Midway Road (S-45-84) to Bartells Road (S-45-118) (Est open Spring 2016)From Dorchester County Officials Sandridge Rd. in Dorchester between Grant Dr. and the Church @ 1069 Sandridge Rd is closed as of 10/17- pipe failure.Dorchester County is operating a call center to provide information about road closures and other storm related issues to residents and property owners. The numbers for the call center are (843)-832-0393 and (843) 563-0393.The SCDOT Call Center is also operational 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Phone: 855-GO-SCDOT (855-467-2368)
All Lowcountry school districts are operating on normal schedules.Dorchester District Two officials announced three makeup days in 2016: Jan. 15, Feb. 15, and three dates still to be determined.
Dorchester County District 2 officials also said Givhans Alternative School near Summerville will remain closed after raw sewage and standing water were found inside. The 150 students who attend to the school will be relocated temporarily.CCSD makeup days are Nov. 3, March 25, and June 3.BCSD makeup days will be Jan. 4, and March 14.
OTHER CLOSURES--Roper St. Francis facilities closed or relocating due to flooding:
- St. Luke's Family Practice located at 1435 Stuart Engals Blvd. in Mount Pleasant is permanently relocating due to structural damage caused by flooding. The practice will reopen Tuesday in Suite 110 of the Medical Office Building at Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital.
--Roper Hospital Diagnostics and ER - Northwoods, Roper St. Francis' emergency department in North Charleston, will be closed for the next several weeks. The facility closed after flood water damaged the facility's interior. Repairs soon will begin, and we will let you know when those are finished. The facility is located at 2233 Northwoods Blvd. Until then, the public can continue to receive emergency care at the following Roper St. Francis facilities, all of which are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week:
- Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, 2095 Henry Tecklenburg Dr. in West Ashley
- Roper Hospital, 316 Calhoun St. in downtown Charleston
- Roper Hospital Diagnostics & ER - Berkeley, 730 Stoney Landing Road in Moncks Corner
- Mount Pleasant Hospital, 3500 N Hwy 17 in Mount Pleasant
The Edgar Allan Poe/Sullivan's Island Branch Library will reopen on Monday, November 2 when building repairs and the drying process is completed.
The Poe/Sullivan's Island Branch, which is in a fortification/bunker built for the Spanish-American War, suffered water damage that ruined the floor covering and damaged some books and furniture. It was one of two branches of Charleston County Public Library system damaged in the recent flood. The other library - West Ashley Branch in South Windermere - has reopened already.
Residents are encouraged to visit either the Mt. Pleasant Regional Library or the Village Branch Library until Poe reopens. If someone placed a hold on an item for pickup at Poe/Sullivan's Island, those materials have been transferred to Mt. Pleasant Regional Library.
--The Teachers Supply Closet Golf Tournament at Stono Ferry scheduled for Friday has been postponed to Nov. 20.