LADSON, SC (WCSC) - A portion of the southbound lanes of the College Park Road overpass will remain closed after authorities say it sustained “serious” damage after a tractor trailer with an illegal and oversized load struck the bridge on I-26 Thursday afternoon.
SCDOT officials released a statement late Thursday night stating that the damage in the crash will require the closure of the outside southbound lanes which are those traveling towards US 78 and Ladson.
On Friday, authorities say two lanes will be provided for motorists traveling southbound on College Park Road.
“The right lane will exit on to I-26 westbound,” SCDOT officials said."The left side southbound lane will exit on to I-26 eastbound. Motorists needing to reach US 78 will then use Exit 205."
There will not be any southbound lanes crossing the bridge and continuing straight on College Park Road, authorities said.
“SCDOT engineers, contractors, and staff continue to develop detours and repair plans,” SCDOT officials said."All activities are being expedited to re-open the bridge as soon as possible."
Motorists in the College Park area can expect severe congestion.
Officials are asking motorists to use caution if you are traveling in this area.
Earlier in the day, authorities had shut down all traffic on the overpass and had closed a number of I-26 eastbound lanes as crews removed the truck involved as well as cleaned debris from the road.
SCDOT officials say an “illegal, oversized load” struck the bridge at Exit 203.
Picture of the damage on the College Park Road overpass caused by the tractor trailer. (Source: Live 5 News)
“Around 12:50 today an oversized load hit the bottom of the bridge,” said James Law with SCDOT."It appears it took out about four steel spans underneath the bridge."
Inspectors and engineers responded to evaluate the damage, and to develop repair and detour plans, authorities said.
“Please use caution if you are traveling in this area,” SCDOT officials said.
Highway Patrol and emergency crews directing traffic Thursday evening on the College Park Road overpass. (Source: Live 5 News)
Motorists and viewers in the area reported heavy traffic in the area during the incident.
Berkeley County government officials say it’s estimated that five beams were damaged in the incident.
A picture of the debris that fell off a tractor trailer after it struck the College Park Road overpass on I-26. (Source: SCDOT)
An over sized load on a tractor trailer crashes into the overpass on I-26 near the College Park Road exit. (Source: SCDOT)
- If you're on I-26 WB: You can only go right once you exit on College Park Rd
- If you're coming from Crowfield on College Park Rd: Traffic moves down to ONE lane once you reach the overpass over I-26. You CANNOT make left turn on I-26 EB, you must continue toward Hwy 78 and Ladson Rd.
- We are told at 6:30AM you WILL be able to turn left on I-26 EB
- If you're driving on College Park Rd from Hwy 78 towards I-26 those lanes are all OPEN
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