Residents Upset with Lengthy Bridge Construction

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Residents and business owners are upset about how long its taking the transportation department to fix the bridge on Columbia's Broad River Road.

The bridge has been under construction for close to five years and the delays are costing tax payers an extra six million dollars.

"The original completion date was May 30, 2013. Right now we are a bit behind schedule," said Chris Kelly with SCDOT.

Kelly says he understands how the construction has become an inconvenience to residents.

He says there were a lot of factors that they didn't discover until after the project already started.

"We found asbestos abatement on the original 1928 structure, high water events that prevented work and also rock hardness beyond what was anticipated in the contract."

"I don't think anyone has given it any attention, I don't think anyone cares, because if they did someone would be working on it," said Harold Wray.

Wray owns Wray Mazda which is right on the edge of the construction site. He's upset because every day he look out at the site there are only a handful of people working on it.

"It's been no activity for two weeks, other than a little cleaning up, nothing!"

The original contract was 19 million dollars now its 25 million dollars.

Wray believes there is a lack of effort to complete the project because of its location.

"If it was in another area, I think it would get a lot of attention."

All four lanes on the bridge should be open by the end of November.


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