SIX MILE — The S.C. Department of Transportation plans to build a new bridge to cross Six Mile Creek on Jones Mill Road, approximately 2.5 miles southwest of Six Mile.
The existing bridge was severely damaged and suffered partial collapse due to heavy rain and debris build-up in August 2013. A temporary steel bridge was installed at this location to allow the re-opening of Jones Mill Road to traffic. This temporary structure is eligible for 100 percent federal funding through Federal Emergency Relief funds and it will be reused by SCDOT in the future as needed.
Removal of the temporary bridge and construction of the permanent bridge will require closure of Jones Mill Road. SCDOT intends to close Jones Mill Road immediately following the end of the 2014-15 school year. SCDOT hopes to have the new permanent bridge open to traffic prior to the beginning of 2015-16 school year.
The available time for construction of the new bridge between school years is considered minimal so unusual weather or unforeseen site conditions could impact the schedule.
The proposed detour route is Smith Memorial Highway to S.C. 133 to Old Seneca Road back to Jones Mill Road with an overall travel length of approximately 7.2 miles.
SCDOT has completed preliminary design work. Final design and right of way acquisition activities are underway. Contractors are expected to bid on the project in late 2014.
Contact SCDOT Assistant Program Manager Emily Toler at 803-737-1564 for more information.