Thursday, May 1, 2014
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) -- State transportation officials say it will take about six months to replace a Berkeley County bridge destroyed by a train derailment this week.
Officials say replacing the 110-foot bridge on Cypress Gardens Road near Moncks Corner will cost about $2 million.
Transportation department spokesman Pete Poore said federal officials have given verbal approval to pay for the bridge. Gov. Nikki Haley issued an emergency declaration that helps get the federal money for the replacement. Poore says the state paperwork to get the money will take about 45 days.
Officials think traffic should be back to normal by the end of October.
Part of the bridge fell Monday when four empty cars on a CSX train derailed and hit the concrete posts supporting the bridge.
No one was hurt.
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