[image-1]An inspection of the cables that hold the westbound bridge of I-526 together will cause a slight shift in traffic, according to a statement by the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

A popped cable discovered in September 2016 was replaced by early March, according to chief engineer for operations Andrew Leaphart .

The new inspection, expected to take close to three months, is meant to make sure all other cables remain intact. Regular vehicles passing through the bridge will see little change in their commutes.
[embed-1]Leaphart stressed that one damaged cable is not necessarily cause for alarm.

“If you took a stack of textbooks and put them on the table and you squeezed them all together and picked them up, your hands are putting the pressure to hold those books together,” Leaphart explained. “In the bridge, we have these interlocking concrete sections being held together by these cables, so we have to make sure that these cables stay in tension and that they’re continuing to pull.”

Signs have been put up to inform trucks to stay in the right lane.

A statement by DOT urges all motorists who regularly use the Wando River Bridge to “use caution” while driving through it.

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