DOT crews fix gaping hole on I-77 bridge over Porter Road

Posted June 11, 2013 7:37 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

A developing hole on an I-77 overpass in York County shut down a lane  traffic Tuesday as State Department of Transportation employees planned to continue work into the nighttime hours to fix a potentially dangerous cavity on the highway.

DOT Engineer John McCarter acknowledged the hole is a problem — and aging bridges across the state are just one reason his crews check overpasses on a regular basis.

The hole McCarter’s crews repaired Tuesday was on the I-77 overpass at Porter Road in Southern York County.

One lane of northbound traffic was shut down as efforts fix the bucket-sized opening that was letting sunlight get through to the road below.

McCarter estimated the hole would be fixed by midnight.

SCDOT figures show an average of 20,000 vehicles cross the Porter Road bridge on I-77 each day.