- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

LOCKHART, S.C. (AP) - Transportation officials say a major bridge over the Broad River in the Upstate is re-opening more than two weeks ahead of schedule after repairs.

The Department of Transportation said in a news release that state Highway 9 bridge that crosses the river in Chester and Union counties was reopened at 4 p.m. Thursday.

The bridge was closed July 18 to repair some of the steel structure. DOT officials say the repairs had to be done immediately even though new bridges are scheduled to be built in a few years.

Crews originally planned to reopen the bridge by Aug. 14.

Traffic had to use a 35-mile detour while the bridge was closed. About 5,000 vehicles use the bridge every day. A quarter of them are trucks.

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