CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) — Debris falling from the Main Street bridge in Conway “does not have any structural value,” according to a statement from the South Carolina Department of Transportation.
The concrete falling belongs to a corner piece that “comes down from the deck to the side of the beams,” according to Pete Poore with SCDOT.
“What has happened is over time the thin section of the concrete cracks and water begins to causes (sic) chips to break off and fall off,” Poore said in the statement.
SCDOT will encapsulate the corners where the concrete is falling to prevent more from falling. Permanent repairs will be done when crews finish repairing a bridge in Rains, according to Poore. Completion of the Rains bridge should be finished in early May.
Poore said crews will fix the Conway Main Street bridge as soon as possible to have the least impact on summer activities.
Repairs will be made with in-house maintenance to save time and money, Poore said.
A section of the sidewalk under the bridge has been blocked off.
“I was confused,” said Mason Lankford, a Riverwalk visitor. “I thought it was a crime scene.”
Another Riverwalk visitor said the falling concrete is dangerous.
“I see a lot of people come out here and fish and ride their bikes and stuff, and definitely something very, very dangerous and probably something that needs to be taken care of as soon as possible,” Tiffany Mills said.
Mills said her and her family love to fish in the area.
The City of Conway has urged people to stay away from the area.
“While the city is not responsible for the Main Street bridge and the maintenance and care for it, we are responsible for the property that’s underneath it, so our main goal is making sure that pedestrians who may be under the Main Street bridge are safe,” said June Wood, spokesperson for the City of Conway.