Following today's successful lane reversal on Lady's Island, officials with the South Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT), Beaufort County, City of Beaufort, Town of Port Royal and S.C. Highway Patrol agreed to continue the plan and open one lane of the McTeer Bridge beginning this afternoon from Port Royal to Lady's Island between the hours of 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
One lane of the McTeer Bridge will re-open again tomorrow morning from Port Royal to Lady's Island between the hours of 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and again tomorrow evening between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The bridge structure will be inspected following each traffic surge to ensure safety. This decision was made following work yesterday to reinforce the stability of the bridge. Robert Clark, Engineering Administrator with DOT said he was "very, very confident" the McTeer Bridge is now stable enough to support one lane of traffic. This schedule will continue until further notice.
Beaufort County Council Chairman Weston Newton said the McTeer Bridge will be made as accessible as possible to the motoring public. "We are grateful for the ability of DOT to reinforce the integrity of this important artery."
Traffic over the McTeer bridge will be limited to cars and pickup trucks not exceeding 3-tons in weight. Pickup trucks carrying trailers will not be allowed.
Weekday lane reversals on Lady's Island between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. across the Woods Bridge will continue until further notice as will limited draw bridge openings for boat traffic as scheduled by the US Coast Guard.
On Saturdays and Sundays, there will be no lane reversals on the Woods Bridge and the McTeer Bridge will continue its weekday schedule. Ambulances will have access across the McTeer Bridge at all times as needed.
Motorists are encouraged to pay attention to directions given by law enforcement official at all in intersections.