Both lanes of I-95 north Great Pee Dee bridge reopened

FLORENCE, S.C. — Both lanes of the Interstate 95 north bridge over the Great Pee Dee River have reopened after a six-week repair project to stop holes from forming on the structure.

The Department of Transportation said the project was finished Friday, two days ahead of schedule.

Crews rebuilt one span of the bridge about 11 miles north of Florence after crumbling concrete caused several rounds of emergency repairs over the winter.

The northbound and southbound bridges carry about 34,000 vehicles a day on the key East Coast highway link. One lane of the two-lane bridge had to be closed during the repairs, causing backups approaching 10 miles during the heaviest traffic.