Ice on bridges a major problem across the area

Overnight, as the temperatures dropped, icing on bridges became a problem across the area.

Several bridges were shut down at some points during the evening including, the Martin Luther King bridge in Florence, the High Rise Bridge in Little River, and the Highway 501 Pottery Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway in Horry County. On the Highway 501 Pottery Bridge, several vehicles wrecked leading to that bridge being shut down temporarily.

Local authorities called in the South Carolina Department of Transportation crews to salt and sand those bridges so they could re-open. Click here for updated road information from the SCDOT. Http://

An alert from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety at 3 a.m. Wednesday asked drivers in Horry and Georgetown counties to be extremely careful on the roads and especially on bridges throughout local counties, as they are becoming a widespread problem.

Icing on our bridges and overpasses may become an even bigger problem through Wednesday as the second wave of winter weather moves in. Because our entire area is below freezing Wednesday morning, even the roads will begin to ice.

The Ravenel Bridge in Charleston was shut down early Wednesday morning.

Crews have been treating it with a brine mix since Tuesday night and started treating with granular salt just before 4 a.m. Thursday. Other Bridges in Charleston remain open.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol advises you to stay off the roads if at all possible.

SCDOT has a Call Center open daily from 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. throughout the storm event. You can call toll free: 855-GO-SCDOT (855-467-2368).

Click here for the latest forecast from Chief Meteorologist Ed Piotrowski.