Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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In a Lexington County community, decades of delays and longer-than-necessary drives will be ending later this year. The county is only a few months away from starting construction on a new bridge.
It's been a road to nowhere for years: part of the roadway that used to connect Bush River Road to Nursery Road. The old Nursery Road bridge was torn out after a long series of maintenance disputes and lawsuits. That forced traffic to detour into surrounding neighborhoods and limited direct access into a large portion of the Coldstream community.
Much of that traffic then passed over the Goldstone bridge, which was built more than three decades ago. However, it was not built to handle some of the heavy vehicles entering and leaving the area.
After studies showed Goldstone starting to deteriorate, that bridge was limited to lighter loads and Lexington County finally settled on a plan to build a new Nursery Road bridge.
Councilman Brad Matthews says benefits include better response times for emergency vehicles including fire trucks. They're too heavy to drive across the aging wood supports under the Goldstone bridge.
"Now with the new Nursery Road bridge we're talking about cutting out 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 minutes of response time from your fire, your EMS, your sheriff's deputies, which could in the worst cases be life and death and those three minutes could be huge," said Matthews.
For all the concern about things like fire department or school bus access. Matthews says some in the community were hesitant about spanning the gap on Nursery Road.
"At first, people were very, very skeptical about getting this in because they were concerned about through traffic," said Matthews. "You know will there be increased traffic going to Saluda Shoals Park, you know from this area? And based on the traffic studies that the county has conducted, we see that the through traffic that swings in and out of Coldstream now where here it should be more of a direct shot and won't impact traffic too much."
Work to install the new bridge is now set to begin around Sept. 1 with completion possibly by the end of the year.
The next and final phase before construction work can finally begin is the bidding on that construction work and that's scheduled to start July 1.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>