MOUNT PLEASANT — A drunk driver who smashed into railing on the Shem Creek Bridge may have harmed other parts of the bridge as well, officials said.

The extent of the damage and how much it will cost to fix won’t be known until the end of next week, said James Law, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

Experts need to determine things like if the accident moved support pillars in any way, he said, but there is no reason for the traveling public to be concerned.

“The bridge is safe,” Law said.

For now, a 20-foot-long section of eight-inch-thick concrete railing hangs on bent rebar from the southbound bridge deck down to the pluff mud. Steel guardrail bolted to the bridge fills the gap.

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