South Carolina Department of Transportation—York Street Bridge Replacement

A routine inspection found that the original York Street Bridges in Aiken were in critical disrepair, prompting an immediate closure for the 9,000 vehicles that typically travel over that stretch of roadway. Because the bridge is located in a historic downtown district, South Carolina DOT found a bridge manufacturer who specializes in wooden bridge construction and then partnered with the State Historical Preservation Office to utilize stained soil nail slopes instead of retaining walls to keep the appearance of the historical railroad cut. The $5.25 million new bridges were built on an accelerated schedule, which allowed drivers to get back to their regular route faster. The replacement increased safety for drivers while maintaining the historical integrity of the area.