Some fear I-20 bridge may lose stability after heavy rain

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- News 12 talked with officials from the South Carolina Department of Transportation who say the bridge is fine and the structure is OK.

The DOT will be back next week to rebuild slopes and correct the washout.

Officials say the sand and dirt was purely cosmetic and was never meant to support the columns.

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Monday, July 15, 2013

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- The North Augusta Greeneway is a spot where many come to appreciate nature but also do a little exercise.

"This is like the best place for me to go cycling," said Judah Guitierrez.

He loves the Greeneway so much that he comes once a week.

"It's beautiful here. It goes right through the woods, and I really like that. It kind of gives me good peace during the week," he said.

But the tranquility the Greeneway gives him is now being met with some concern because of all the dirt. News 12 asked if he had ever seen the pathway like this before.

"Naw. This is my first time. You saw me almost fall down off my bike. It kind of feels a little dangerous," Guitierrez said.

Luckily he didn't fall, but the close call didn't just make him think about his safety.

"This is some major erosion happening here, and I don't know how long this bridge will last. I mean, those support beams are held by all this dirt and sand. I think that's definitely a concern for the city," he said.

It's also a concern for every driver who uses the bridge. The columns support Interstate 20, so News 12 called the South Carolina Department of Transportation. News 12 wanted to know if they knew about this problem, if they were going to come clean it up and if the washout affects the support for the columns. News 12's questions went unanswered.

Guitierrez hopes answers come soon, too.

"I didn't even see it coming up at first. After I stopped and looked at it, it's definitely a safety concern. You have a lot of bikers coming through here pretty fast and that could cause a lot of injuries," he said.

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