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Which York County span makes list of top traveled ‘deficient’ SC bridges?

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association says nearly 10 percent of South Carolina’s 9,341 bridges are structurally deficient.
The American Road & Transportation Builders Association says nearly 10 percent of South Carolina’s 9,341 bridges are structurally deficient.

It isn’t a list any York County bridge would want to make. But one did.

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association released a report this week showing nearly 10 percent of South Carolina’s 9,341 bridges are classified as structurally deficient.

The report also listed the top 25 deficient bridges by traffic count.

The S.C. 49 bridge over Crowders Creek ranked No. 17. The bridge was built in 1971 and has an estimated 25,100 daily crossings.

According to the National Bridge Inventory, maintained by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, York County has 281 bridges.

Of the York County bridges, 36 are in poor condition. The site uglybridges.com, which compiles data from the inventory, shows the bridge over Crowders Creek didn’t make the deficient list until 2016, passing every-other-year inspections since 2004.

The bridge, a rural minor arterial, spans 720 feet. It was reconstructed in 2005.

The recent study found 360 bridges in South Carolina made the deficient list for load, which could restrict the size and weight of vehicles. Of the 633 new bridges built in the last decade, 33 have undergone major reconstruction. The state has 1,569 total bridges in need of some type of repair, at an estimated $865.1 million.

The report ranks South Carolina No. 22 in the country in the number of structurally deficient bridges. Only West Virginia and South Dakota have more, with fewer total bridges.

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