Neighbors annoyed that busy bridge in Fort Mill still not fixed

Neighbors annoyed that busy bridge in Fort Mill still not fixed

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 16 at 12:21 AM

FORT MILL, S.C. -- A Fort Mill bridge that was closed back in January by the state is still closed six months later.

The bridge on New Grey Rock Road was shut down by the South Carolina Department of Transportation because of concerns about stability.  The old bridge, built back in the 1950s, is supported by wooden beams that had started washing away.

Six months later, no work appears to have been done and the bridge deck has now separated from the roadway.

Some area residents are afraid the entire bridge is going to collapse.

"Oh God, it is taking forever," said Scott Shassberger.

He and his family live in the last house next to the bridge.

"It's still annoying but I've gotten used to the fact that it's just a commute around instead of going over like we used to," Shassberger said.

The SCDOT regional engineer, Perry Crocker said, "It might look like nothing is happening at the bridge but things are happening."

He said the state has now decided to replace the bridge on its own instead of bringing in an outside company to do the job.  Part of the delay, Crocker said was ordering the parts.  The good news is that work will begin in August.

He estimates the work will finally be finished and the bridge reopened in November.

"It will essentially be a whole year, isn't it?  More inconvenience," said driver David Lawwill as he turned left at the roadblock around the back of Baxter Village.

As many as 1,500 cars used that bridge everyday when it was open.

"It's a pain.  A big pain," said another neighbor, Joyce Marlow Raines.  "Maybe they will get it done quicker."

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