COLUMBIA, S.C. - A bridge in Oconee County and three in Pickens County will be the first rebuilt in South Carolina using new money approved this year by the General Assembly.

The Department of Transportation Commission approved contracts for the bridges during its meeting Thursday in Columbia.

Lawmakers this year approved $50 million in one-time money to help the state pay for its match for federal money to replace the bridges. About 90 bridges across the state will be replaced using the money.

South Carolina has about 8,400 highway bridges. Of those, about 1,600 are considered substandard while more than 400 have load restrictions. Twelve bridges are closed entirely to traffic because of their poor condition.