- Associated Press - Monday, July 11, 2016

LOCKHART, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina officials are closing a major bridge over the Broad River for almost a month for repairs, forcing Upstate drivers on a 35-mile detour.

The Department of Transportation said in a news release that the state Highway 9 bridge over the river between Chester and Union counties will be closed Monday.

The DOT says it must do short-term repairs so the bridge can stay open. Bids to build new bridges go out at the end of the year.

The DOT wants the bridge reopened by Aug. 14 because school starts back.

Officials say about 5,000 vehicles use the bridge each day with trucks making up about a quarter of the traffic.

DOT Secretary Christy Hall says the problems with the bridge show the need for better long-term road funding.

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