Aiken County bridge project – up for national awards

Aiken County bridge project – up for national awards
River Road is closed from Hwy 80 through Collins Rd (Pixabay)

(WFXG) - An Aiken County roadway project is a finalist for two national awards.

The York Street Bridge replacement project was named as a finalist in the 2018 America's Transportation Awards competition.

The two bridges on York Street are the first, modern-day designed wooden deck bridges, in South Carolina.

"The planning that went into building these bridges involved extensive use of technology and innovation," SCDOT said in a press release. "A routine inspection found that the original bridges were in critical disrepair. They were immediately closed on February 18, 2016.  This diverted a roadway that carries approximately 9,000 cars a day into downtown Aiken. The accelerated design and construction schedule allowed the two structures to open in June of 2017."

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