- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The S.C. Department of Transportation has received an $800,000 federal grant to expand its use of technology to monitor the condition of the state’s bridges.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (https://bit.ly/1GkBmQ0) state bridge engineer Lee Floyd said the SCDOT already uses sensors to monitor three bridges.

Floyd said the grant will be used to monitor up to 50 bridges. He said the list isn’t final, but he’s certain he will monitor the southbound U.S Highway 17 bridge over the Ashley River in downtown Charleston. The bridge opened in 1925, so he wants to monitor its condition.

SCDOT is one of six departments nationwide to receive a grant from the Federal Highway Administration to fund demonstration programs for innovative road and bridge work to improve safety.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com

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