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Around-the-clock repairs planned on I-77 bridge in York County this weekend

This 2-foot-by-4-foot hole formed this week in the deck of the I-77 bridge over the Catawba River in York County, S.C.
This 2-foot-by-4-foot hole formed this week in the deck of the I-77 bridge over the Catawba River in York County, S.C. S.C. Department of Transportation

The two right lanes on Interstate 77 southbound in York County, S.C., will be closed this weekend so crews can permanently repair the deck on its bridge over the Catawba River.

The two outside lanes will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday to noon Sunday, weather permitting, state highway officials said Thursday. The two left lanes will remain open.

Repairs are needed because of a 2-by-4-foot hole that formed in the bridge deck Tuesday. The hole emerged because of the age of the bridgework, officials said.

Maintenance crews temporarily patched the damage Tuesday night and Wednesday, until a contractor can make permanent repairs with specialized equipment this weekend, officials said.

The temporary work created 9-mile backups. Officials suggest finding alternate routes when the permanent repairs are made. The repairs will be done on 24-hour shifts.

“Permanently repairing this problem now will avoid possible worsening conditions that could disrupt upcoming holiday traffic,” the state DOT said in announcing the work.

Check traffic conditions on I-77 and other major highways in South Carolina at www.511sc.org.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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