COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) — The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is preparing for increased winds from Hurricane Matthew to impact the state later this week.
- Moveable swing bridges in the coastal area are locked down for vehicle traffic as soon as sustained winds reach 25 mph. No openings will be made for nautical traffic until the winds subside.
- The Little River and Socastee swing bridges in Horry County were locked down by SCDOT on Thursday afternoon.
- SCDOT works closely with law enforcement regarding safe travel for the high-level structures in the Charleston area including the Ravenel, Holt, and Wando Bridges.
- When sustained winds reach speeds of 30 mph, law enforcement will warn operators of high profile vehicles such as semi-trucks, box delivery trucks, RVs and travel trailers not to use these bridges. Drivers of passenger vehicles should use extreme caution.
- At sustained winds of 40 mph, local law enforcement agencies will notify the public that travel over those bridges is unsafe for travel and not for public use.
- When winds reach a sustained 40 mph, anyone crossing the bridges is doing so at their own risk as law enforcement agencies may not be able to staff all locations. In addition, the public is warned that regardless of sustained wind speeds, unexpected and hazardous wind gusts of higher speeds could occur.
SCDOT urges all drivers to use caution for your own safety, the safety of other drivers and for those are working to keep the highways open.