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Cold continues to affect some roadways, bridges

Islands Expressway Islands Expressway
Salting operations underway on Hilton Head Island bridge. Salting operations underway on Hilton Head Island bridge.
Sam Varnadoe Bridge reopened to traffic at 1 p.m. on Thursday. Sam Varnadoe Bridge reopened to traffic at 1 p.m. on Thursday.
Ice on Sam Varnadoe Bridge (Source: SCMPD) Ice on Sam Varnadoe Bridge (Source: SCMPD)
Houlihan Bridge Houlihan Bridge

Icy conditions have some bridges closed. Here's updated list of road and bridge closures: 

-The Sam Varnedoe drawbridge on the Islands Expressway/President St. Extension is now back open. The bridge reopened Thursday around 1 p.m.

-Thunderbolt Bridge has reopened.
-The Veterans Parkway flyover has reopened.
-JimmyDeLoach bridge over I95 has reopened.
-Icing reported on Talmadge Bridge. DOT has crews treating the road. The bridge is open.
-Crews putting sand on W. Bay Street viaduct.
-Minor flooding on General McIntosh Blvd.
-Tybee public works crews just finished sanding the Lazaretto Creek Bridge and it is open.

From Port Wentworth Police Dept.:
-Georgia Highway 25 at the Houlihan Bridge is now reopened for traffic. Commuters should expect delays on Highway 21 however. Chief Libby said, "Currently the traffic lights at Highway 21 and Bourne Avenue ( Hwy 307 ) are not functioning correctly. We have officers on scene directing traffic. The problem should be corrected when Georgia Department of Transportation arrives on scene to correct the problem. At this time, we cannot provide an estimate on their arrival."

Chatham Emergency Management Agency:

-Hwy 25 RR Bridge at Port is open.

-Tybee Public works just finished sanding Lazaretto Creek Bridge, which is open.

-Crossgate Rd is now closed due to ice.  Please seek alternate routes.

-The I-95 bridge crossing over Hwy 21 is iced. Please use extreme caution while traveling.

-Forest River Bridge on HWY 204 is back open.


Beaufort County Sheriff's Office: UPDATE AS OF THURSDAY AT 9:30 AM: Things are slowly returning to "normal." The roadways are mostly clear, with a few patches of ice still lingering on bridges and roads. For the most part, motorists seem to be traveling without incident and there are no areas presenting any real concerns at this time. Emergency Management and SCDOT are continuing to monitor the roads and the weather. County offices should be returning to normal operations as of noon Thursday, and schools are resuming on a two hour delay. Citizens are still advised to use caution while driving, as a few icy spots persist. The American Red Cross warming stations closed as of 8 am Thursday morning.

The Georgia Dept. of Transportation offered these tips to drivers:

Slow down and stay behind the spreaders. Allow at least 10 car lengths between your vehicle and spreaders.

Do not pass. The spreader trucks are wide, and sometimes a group of trucks will work in tandem to spread salt and gravel quickly, especially on major highways.

Be aware of black ice conditions on surfaces such as bridge decks and entrance and exit ramps late tonight and the early hours of Thursday morning.

Remember that technology helps, but only to a point. Four-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes and traction control are beneficial advancements, but they can't take the place of good driving habits and the need to reduce speed on snowy or icy roads.

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