Bridge closing causes half-hour school bus delays, CCSD discussing options

CCSD school buses (File/WCIV)

Charleston County School District staff met with Durham bus service Tuesday about transportation delays for students following the emergency closing of the Wando Bridge.

On Monday, a portion of Interstate 526 westbound connecting Daniel Island and Mount Pleasant was closed for emergency bridge repair assessments due to a broken cable within the bridge structure.

Traffic snarled during morning an evening rush hour Monday and Tuesday as motorists were diverted onto Highway 17 and Highway 41 to get from Mt. Pleasant to North Charleston.

Four buses were delayed by 30 minutes or more getting students to school, the district stated.

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“As expected, traffic delayed several of our buses for schools in Mount Pleasant as well as buses transporting students to our magnet schools in North Charleston (Academic Magnet, Charleston County School of the Arts, Military Magnet Academy, and Garrett Academy of Technology),” the district states.

The most significant impact was on buses traveling from Mount Pleasant to the Bonds-Wilson Campus (AMHS and SOA) in North Charleston.

“District staff members are planning to continue to meet to determine the best options to support teaching and learning relative to transportation that would be in the best interest of our scholars,” the district states.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation announced the bridge will be closed through Wednesday at least. A press conference will be held tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. to update on inspection and progress on the repairs.

According to the district calendar, the students’ last day of school will be June 1.

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