Chester Co. bridge will be down eight months for replacement

Drivers on Brooklyn Road in Chester County will have to find a detour for most of the next year.

The S.C. Department of Transportation has announced plans to replace the bridge over Rocky Creek just south of the town of Great Falls starting Feb. 4 so that the bridge can be replaced.

DOT recently awarded the contract for the project to United Infrastructure Group. Officials expect the bridge closure to last until October.

During the closure, traffic is encouraged to head north on Ridgeway Road/Chester Avenue, over the creek and into Great Falls, before taking Dearborn Street to Republic Street to reach the opposite side of the bridge. The net detour length is 2.37 miles.

The Rocky Creek bridge was listed as “structurally deficient” in a March 2013 inspection, according to the most recent available data from the Federal Highway Administration. Forty-one bridges in York County received the “structurally deficient” rating in inspections from 2012 to 2014.

Bristow Marchant: 803-329-4062, @BristowatHome