Lane closed Wednesday on James Island Connector due to bridge repair

At least one lane on the James Island Connector will be closed through rush hour Wednesday to repair an expansion joint that was ripped from the bridge by a passing vehicle.

Authorities believe a tractor-trailer that was carrying several cars caused the damage around 11 a.m. and kept driving, according to S.C. Department of Transportation spokesman James Law. A witness saw the incident and is assisting authorities, he said.

Crews laid metal plates on one lane headed toward Charleston, Law said, and a temporary repair will be installed by the end of the night.

Both lanes on the bridge will be open to traffic by morning, Law said.

Law said it’s too early to tell when permanent repairs on the bridge will be completed.

Drivers should expect delays in that area.

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