- Associated Press - Monday, January 9, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - State transportation officials say three new bridges have opened in Richland County to replace three that were damaged by the deadly floods of October 2015.

Officials say the three bridges opened Monday on S.C. Highway 48, or Bluff Road, over Black Swamp, Cedar Creek and Dry Branch.

The bridges were closed April 14, 2016, after an inspection by South Carolina Department of Transportation engineers showed damage from the October 2015 flood. Bridge inspectors found evidence of scour at each of the three bridges. Scour occurs when swift-moving water causes erosion around the bridge supports.


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