All of Interstate 95 now open after South Carolina flooding

A trucker is assisted by state police at an interstate 95 south blockage along S.C. highway 527 near Sumter, S.C., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Road and bridge closures continue to cause transportation problems around the state following historic flooding. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Interstate 95 is now completely open in South Carolina, nearly two weeks after historic flooding across much of the state.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation said Tuesday morning that the northbound lanes of the highway in Clarendon County are now open.

A 13-mile stretch of the road had been closed since the heaviest rains fell Oct. 3 and 4. Officials say they still need to inspect and shore up a number of bridges over the swampy areas that included the Black and Pocotaligo rivers.

The southbound lanes of I-95 had reopened Monday.

Motorists had been taking a long detour up I-26 to Columbia and back along I-20 to Florence to avoid the closed part of the highway.

More than 200 roads and 90 bridges remain closed in the state.

 

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