- Associated Press - Thursday, May 1, 2014

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) - State transportation officials say it will take about six months to replace a Berkeley County bridge destroyed by a train derailment this week.

Officials say replacing the 110-foot bridge on Cypress Gardens Road near Moncks Corner will cost about $2 million.

Transportation department spokesman Pete Poore said federal officials have given verbal approval to pay for the bridge. Gov. Nikki Haley issued an emergency declaration that helps get the federal money for the replacement.

“Typically, it takes 45 days to identify a contractor and get a contract on paper,” Poore said. “Contractors are then given incentives to finish early.”

Officials think traffic should be back to normal by the end of October.

Part of the bridge fell Monday night when four empty cars on a CSX train derailed and hit the concrete posts supporting the bridge.

No one was hurt, but a Moncks Corner man managed to jump his pickup from one side of the gap to the other when the collapse occurred.

CSX spokeswoman Carla Groleau said it could take weeks to determine why the cars ran off the rails.

Commuters must use a 22-mile detour around the bridge while the replacement is being built.

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