PORT ROYAL, SC (WTOC) - After two years of construction, crews opened up one lane of traffic on the new span of the McTeer Bridge.
"It was really cool. It's really nice. It's a lot higher than the old bridge and it was nice driving on it today," said Tiffany Wilson, of Sea Island Pizza.
The new span runs parallel to the McTeer Bridge, helping to ease the congestion between Lady's Island and Port Royal. It is a construction project that some drivers say was well overdue.
"I think it's really good especially when we have a hurricane condition or something and we have to have a massive evacuation. Having the extra lanes open are going to help get people off the island," said Rich Baker.
"It's going to make it a lot easier, especially when the traffic gets really heavy over here," said Mike Gold.
While Lady's Island can get congested at times, it is nothing compared to what drivers had to face in 2007 when a barge hit the McTeer Bridge. It limited the use of the bridge for quite some time and caused many businesses on the island, such as Sea Island Pizza, to suffer.
"It took a toll on our business. It really made us slow because we couldn't deliver over the bridge. The traffic was horrible. It was backed up so deliveries took us forever and it was really bad," said Wilson.
Wilson said the two years of construction has not been as bad as the incident in 2007 and she is excited to see it come to an end.
"That will be great, our deliveries will be quick. We won't have to deal with the construction any more so hopefully it will really help our sales," said Wilson.