Highway 41 bridge update
Traffic will soon be switched over from the old Highway 41 bridge to the new one, according to the S.C. Department of Transportation and a civil constructors/engineering design team working on the construction project.
Once concrete placement for the new structure is complete, crews will only have a few more items to finish and clean up before the switch can take place, stated a recent press release. Team members working on the span, which rises over the Wando River connecting the Cainhoy Peninsula with Mount Pleasant, are also conducting grinding and grooving work to ensure that the bridge’s surface offers a safe, smooth, and quiet ride. Once that is complete, they will add transverse grooves to increase traction, displace water so it does not splash and spray, and reduce tire and pavement noise.
Before the bridge is officially opened, metal handrails will be installed on the barrier wall for future pedestrian and cyclist needs. Additionally, maritime navigational lighting will help guide boaters under the bridge, and painted striping will guide a lane of traffic in each direction over the bridge. New storm drainage structures are also being installed. Once those drains are in place, crews will be able to pave the roadway to and from the new bridge and continue finalizing all remaining work items.
The construction project will also add a new “T” intersection at Highway 41 and Clements Ferry Road. The anticipated completion date for the entire project is November 2017, according to SCDOT officials, but contractors hope to have the new bridge open to traffic in late June or early July.