Thanks to pigeons, the traffic mess encountered by motorists heading to James Island on Tuesday night should not be repeated.

Traffic was jammed because S.C. Department of Transportation crews were working on both eastern routes to the island at once.

The Wappoo Creek Bridge on Folly Road was blocked off after 9 p.m., as it has been Sunday through Thursday since mid-July, but crews also were workingon the detour route, the James Island connector.

Now, it seems the inspection work that delayed motorists on the connector has been halted until October because workers encountered large amounts of pigeon droppings and dead pigeons.

The birds and their waste were in some cases stuck in the roadway's expansion joints, and the inspections could not be completed, said Gary Kinard, an engineer with SCDOT's Charleston office.

He said a company will need to be brought in to remove the pigeons and waste, and the inspection work could resume in October.

Meanwhile, the bridge over Wappoo Creek is expected to remain closed between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. until the second week of September. Crews have been working to install a new steel guard to keep boats from hitting the bridge, which requires pile-driving work, Kinard said.

Motorists will need to use the connector to get between James Island and downtown Charleston and West Ashley during the closure times.

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