Federal emergency funds approved to repair Aiken bridge

Federal money will pay for the repair and replacement of the Laurens Street Bridge over the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks in Aiken.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has been approved for emergency-relief funding from the Federal Highway Administration for the bridge, according to a statement from the state transportation agency.

On Monday, Gov. Nikki Haley signed an executive order declaring an emergency situation because of heavy rains in the area from March 31 to April 3. And on Tuesday, the federal agency determined the repair and replacement of the Laurens Street Bridge was eligible for emergency-relief funding.

That means the state will be reimbursed for the repair and replacement occurring in the first 180 days from the time of the emergency. The DOT maintenance office is helping to stabilize the bridge, according to the agency, and crews are removing portions of the deck.

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