Last updated: January 22. 2014 5:37PM
By - kkissiah@civitasmedia.com



Karen Kissiah | Cheraw ChronicleThis barge, floating in the Teal's Mill pond, is a work platform for conducting geo technical borings.
Karen Kissiah | Cheraw ChronicleThis barge, floating in the Teal's Mill pond, is a work platform for conducting geo technical borings.
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There’s something in the water out at Teal’s Mill pond. But if you’re thinking it’s the beginning of construction for the new permanent bridge that will cross directly across the pond, you’re mistaken.


“They’re not starting construction yet,” said Kenneth Johnson, assistant program manager for the Teal’s Mill bridge project for the South Carolina Department of Transportation.


“What you see is a floating drill rig,” said Johnson. “They’re doing geo-technical borings to investigate the soil underneath the water.”


The rig is located where the bridge will built.


“These studies will help determine the exact design of the bridge and roadway,” said Johnson. “There’s a lot of work to be done before construction can actually begin.”


“We expect construction to start early in the year 2015, with hopes of being completed by the summer of 2016.”


When the project is done, the bridge itself will be approximately 180 feet long. The rest of the distance across the 700-foot stretch of water, will be comprised of a causeway that will built to meet the bridge on both sides, said Johnson.


The permanent bridge will eliminate the dangerous curve that currents takes passengers across the pond. The current bridge is use is called a Bailey Bridge. Once the new bridge is opened the Bailey Bridge will be taken apart and reassembled to use in another part of the state.


— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, or by email at kkissiah@civitasmedia.com.

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