First Support Beam Arrives in Low Country - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

05/18/07

First Support Beam Arrives in Low Country

Good news for folks in the Low Country, dealing with the headaches of the McTeer Bridge Damage.

Today, the first replacement beam arrived in town and construction crews should be putting the 81 foot long support beam, weighing 18-thousand pounds into place. Crews were hoping to put it in this morning when it arrived but because of weather issues yesterday, they were running behind schedule.

The Department of Transportation Officials say this is a major progress, because just getting the beam was a challenge.

"The contractor had to locate the raw steel, they got it from several different states, different pieces from different places," said Robert Clark with the South Carolina Department of Transportation. "It was taken to fabricator, they're veen working pretty hard to get it put together."

After the beam is put into place, crews still have four more to go. While the repair work is expected to take 10 weeks, DOT officials say they'll have a better idea of what to expect after this first beam is in.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

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