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Added sidewalk causes bridge problems

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BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

Crews continue to make repairs to Woods Memorial Bridge that leads to Lady's Island after an added sidewalk started to cause problems.

The sidewalk that runs along the bridge was added almost eight years ago, creating extra weight that caused more wear and tear on the bridge.

Crews have been closing the bridge to traffic on and off over the past couple weeks while they replace the balance wheels, shaft and gear boxes; all of which were affected by the extra weight of the sidewalk. 

Drivers told WTOC the repairs have been causing a lot traffic but most have been using alternate routes.

 "It's not a big problem for me and you know they have designated times to go across," said motorist David Sprinkle.   

DOT officials want drivers to know they will be working on the bridge over the next couple of weeks.

Drivers can take the Highway 21 bypass to the McTeer Bridge as an alternate route to avoid traffic or potential closures.

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