COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announced plans for the replacement of US 301 bridges over Four Hole Swamp in Orangeburg County. Both the north- and south-bound bridges will be replaced and the shoulders along the route will be widened.
The $23 million project is scheduled to begin in Winter/Spring 2023, with an expected completion in Spring 2025. The project will also include resurfacing US 301 on both sides from a quarter-mile south of the bridges to where 301 intersects with Hwy 178.
According to SCDOT, the southbound bridge was constructed in 1950 and the northbound bridge was constructed in 1970. The 26' wide, 246' long southbound bridge is currently restricted to one lane due to structural issues.
The bridge project was identified as a high priority in SCDOT's Strategic 10-Year Plan. SCDOT has replaced or repaired 274 bridges in the network since 2017 and is on track to exceed the original target, with a new target of 500 bridges.