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Lolnd D, Cohn, PE. Lopsty secretary Yr Enaraeng 05 737-7000 | 605 7372083 Fa Sou Cacia January 23, 2018 ‘The Honorable Nikki Setaler South Carolina Senate 510 Gressette Building ‘Columbia, South Carolina 29201 Re: Opening ofthe Leaphart Road Bridge over I-26, Lexington County Deas Senator Setter [As we discussed earlier today, the new Leaphart Road Bridge over I-26 is scheduled to open to the traveling public at approximately 2:00 P.M this Friday afternoon, ‘The old Leaphart Rosd Bridge was scheduled to remain open during the bridge replacement project, but in late March of 2017, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) ‘was foreed to close the bridge and compete an emergency demolition efter the original bridge ‘vas significantly damaged ftom multiple impacts by illegal, oversized loads. Since the removal of the old bridge, SCDOT and its partnering contractors have worked diligently to retum the bridge back to the motorists of Lexington County and its surounding areas. As part of the construction that was required for the new bridge, the Orchard Drive and Chris Drive (South secon extending from Leaphart Road to US I) frontage roads alo experienced impacts to normal tfc pattems. This was necesary duc to increased grades to match the increased height of the new bridge. The Orchard Drive and Chris Drive (south) intersections at ‘Leaphart Road wil also be opened tothe traveling public Friday aeroon. The nortem section of Chris Drive (extending from Leaphart Road to US 378) and Harbor Dive frontage road wil be closed to complete the necessary grade improvements and are sheduled to repen inthe fall ofthis year "Thank you again for your interest and assistance in notifying your constituents that this important connection has been re-established. 1 am sure it will provide some much needed relief to the ‘motoring public. If can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. UL. ‘Leland D. Colvin, PE, Deputy Seeretary for Engineering Lpe jaye ec: Christy A. Hall, PE, Secretary of Transportation Robert C. Dickinson, P-E., District One Engineering Administrator '855.G0-SCDOT (855-467-2568) Post ofee Bx 191 (95 Pak Steet Columbia, 8 29202-0101