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UPDATE: SCDOT to build barrier on US 17 bridge over Waccamaw River in Georgetown

Leadership from the S.C. Department of Transportation and Georgetown County review flood maps on Sept. 21 in the Georgetown County Emergency Operations Center. From left are SCDOT Deputy Secretary for Engineering LeLand Colvin, Georgetown County Emergency Management Director Sam Hodge, SCDOT Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall and County Administrator Sel Hemingway. (Georgetown County)

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announced on their Twitter page Sunday that they will be begin assembling a barrier wall on the US 17 bridge crossing the Waccamaw River at noon on Sunday.

The barrier will help keep the bridge open flood waters rise at US 17 crossing over the Waccamaw River in Georgetown.

They hope the plan will help the bridge stay open as long as possible.

SCDOT says they expect the flood water to overtop the roadway barriers at a point in time and require the closure of the bridge to traffic.

Heavy congestion and long delays are expected. Caution is urged for motorists traveling through the work zone.

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