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Is It Just Me?   17 comments

Posted at 12:23 am in closing,commentary

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Or has the Broad River Road / River Drive construction been ongoing since the late 1800s?

UPDATE 9 April 2014 -- And two years later, *still* not done!

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UPDATE 19 January 2018 -- I should update here to note that the work is indeed finished, and has been for a while:

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Written by ted on August 24th, 2012

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  1. This bridge rebuild started in March 2010. Originally it was scheduled for a March 2013 completion but I recently read where it's been rescheduled for May 2013. Bentley Drive was closed and the reopening date was postponed 3x before finally signage said it was closed with no firm reopening date.

    Andrew

    24 Aug 12 at 12:46 am

  2. I screwed up in my original comment, it was all along due to be finished by May 31, 2013...

    Andrew

    20 Dec 12 at 8:39 pm

  3. Dear Andrew,
    If it was you or someone else, I appreciate the pictures on this Broad River Road bridge so much. I just found them not knowing they were here or how long. I wish they were or newer ones were on the "ClickFix" web sight.There needs to be an update of pictures and comments.

    I know you said you thought it would open May or June 2013, but the part of the road/bridge side going into town seems to be still "Missing In Action!" When is the last time you were there to see this from both sides? It seems as if it will never re-open. I can't believe it's been 4 years!

    There are more people with houses for sale now than I have ever seen especially Atlantic Drive in Huffman Heights Subdivision with 13 for sale signs! No one can drive on Atlantic, turn right, go down Bentley Drive, and turn left to go straight into town or across Broad River Road into Skyland Estates! I'm seeing more houses with for sale signs there, too. Greenville Circle has more for sale or empty. Homes rarely were being sold. If they were, they were elderly estates, and they sold the same day or 2 days later. They just sit from frustration of how the roads around are stopping people from going where they want and trying to avoid a lot of traffic.

    Have you read all my posts since 2011?

    We still can't walk to the end of Riverfront Park's Diversion Dam with that expansion of a special fish channel with tours 5 years ago. We can't walk down to Riverfront Park from Diversion Dam houses and condos and apartments in neighborhoods on the long hillside part of Broad River. We can't even walk past the Broad River bridge but just to the bridge!

    And they still have the bottom path by the river (not upper Columbia Canal one) torn apart and closed off. I'm not sure even if the park is open. The damage done to this side of Riverfront Park will be expensive to fix.

    We'd all be open here when parts of Cayce and the amphitheater closes from too much rain. They have to keep closing it down and cleaning it up and repeating it over again.

    Thanks for your contributions to this "Broad River Road Missing in Action" problem.

    Anonymous14

    13 May 13 at 1:26 pm

  4. CONTINUED: "MIA BROAD RIVER ROAD BRIDGE AND END OF RIVERFRONT PARK" PROBLEM FROM ANONYMOUS 10 AND 14

    Dear Andrew and Other Commentors,

    If it was you or someone else, I appreciate the pictures on this Broad River Road bridge so much. I just found these pictures not knowing they were here or how long (maybe 2 years). I wish there were newer ones, too, were on the "ClickFix" web sight.There needs to be an update of pictures and comments.

    I know you said you thought it would open May or June 2013, but the part of the road/bridge side going into town seems to be still "Missing In Action!"

    When is the last time you were there to see this from both sides?

    It seems as if it will never re-open. I can't believe it's been 4 years!

    There are more people with houses for sale now than I have ever seen especially Atlantic Drive in Huffman Heights Subdivision with 13 for sale signs! No one can drive on Atlantic, turn right, go down Bentley Drive, and turn left to go straight into town or across Broad River Road into Skyland Estates! I'm seeing more houses with for sale signs there, too. Greenville Circle has more for sale or empty. Homes use to be rarely for sale. If they were, they were elderly estates, and they sold the same day or 2 days later. They just sit from frustration of how the roads around are stopping people from going where they want and trying to avoid a lot of traffic.

    Have you read all my posts since 2011?

    We still can't walk to the end of Riverfront Park's Diversion Dam with that expansion of a special fish channel with tours 5 years ago. We can't walk down to Riverfront Park from Diversion Dam houses and condos and apartments in neighborhoods on the long hillside part of Broad River up to the BP. We can't even walk past the Broad River bridge but just to the bridge when we could access the park!

    And they still have the bottom path by the river (not upper Columbia Canal one) torn apart and closed off. I'm not sure even if the park is open. The damage done to this side of Riverfront Park will be expensive to fix.

    We'd all be open here when parts of Cayce and the amphitheater closes from too much rain. They have to keep closing it down and cleaning it up and repeating it over again.

    Thanks for your contributions to this "Broad River Road Missing in Action" problem. May others who care and can do something about it finally do so. You all can see the area it affects and the long time it's been going on.

    The loss of the handicapped fairly new ramp in the middle of the bridge was damaged. That left it impossible for them from houses, condos, apartments, and duplexes to go to this park. I remember so well the picture in the State Newspaper as Mayer Coble cut the ribbon at the ceremony for those needing a way into the park. Then no one could go as the road across the Broad River bridge found our end of Riverfront Park with Diversion Dam and birds coming in for food twice a day left the rest of us out.

    Doesn't anyone remember the horrible chain car accident on the bridge as one was sent over the bridge cliff straight down into the rocks and river?

    How long does it take to use Stimulus #1 money to start this work and still be going on 4 years later? It doesn't make hospital workers very happy to have to drive this twice a day!

    You'd think this was some tall span bridge with lighting...but it's not. Why don't they add that? At night there are no longer any lights to be seen on what use to be two trails to walk.

    The one next to Broad River was shut down a long time ago. It's like they closed our end of Riverfront Park where we use to walk at lunch time from work downtown on dirt roads and a path in an unprotected area where gangs frequented.

    Walkers couldn't wait to arrive there to spend time just to relax at the scenery without benches and a rest room. All sorts of breeds of birds would be there, too.

    Anonymous14

    13 May 13 at 4:30 pm

  5. Dear Andrew and "friends,"
    I heard them talking about you on WIS-TV and on RASH (Rush and Kelly...Jonathan Rush and Kelly Nash)...3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. recently on WVOC on Greystone Blvd.. They, too, are close to the "MIA BROAD RIVER ROAD & BRIDGE & COLUMBIA CANAL." One or both of them take it. Kelly lives up in the Northeast area of Columbia. Why don't you or someone (Engineer) or whomever knows about this situation go on the radio show to discuss this. People call in while the guest has 15 minutes of fame to explain important matters locally, state, nationally, and foreign powers that be. We NEED an ANSWER here. It's June 23 (near birthday time), and I could use a present with my family about this bridge and road and park. If Elmwood Street Bridge was closed like ours or all 3 downtown, you'd be hearing from everyone who comes down town especially the business people and restaurants.

    I just saw this the 2nd time and decided to report that it's June 23, 2014! Are you waiting for New Years Day when Obama Care is fully in force?

    Add more pictures so we all can see close-ups of the bridge and water. The "worker bees" cars are still parallel parked on River Drive.

    Anonymous14

    Anonymous14

    23 Jun 14 at 8:31 am

  6. The State is now reporting that this bridge should be open to traffic in all 4 lanes by mid-November with landscaping work finished by January 2015 to include the reconnection of the pedestrian bridge (only about 18 months behind schedule)...

    Andrew

    15 Aug 14 at 11:56 pm

  7. I'll believe it when I see it. One of the reasons I don't go to Edna's more often is that I have to cross that damned bridge.....

    Homer

    16 Aug 14 at 12:15 am

  8. WIS has done their own investigation speaking to the problem of the rock and the heavy rain in summer 2013...at this point, it is only about $6,200,000 over budget and only about 17 months behind schedule...

    Andrew

    23 Aug 14 at 3:29 pm

  9. The State quoted someone who is suppose to have knowledge with this sort of project that said,
    "The rock turned out to be harder than we anticipated".
    Anticipated? It's rock, what did they expect?
    A mud dobber nest?
    What happened to cost studies before millions of tax payer dollars are spent?
    Dang it, my big fat a##. UH Uh, hey big man, let me hold a dollar.

    Rick

    23 Aug 14 at 3:52 pm

  10. The rock statement is nothing but a huge CYA excuse. Any construction company with any credibility will test the area for any possible problems that may be encountered before they submit a proposal for the schedule and costing of the project. This is all just BS....

    Homer

    24 Aug 14 at 10:05 pm

  11. The bridge is FINALLY complete and open to traffic. The only thing remaining to do that crews are currently working on is replacing some of the asphalt pavement on either end and removing the temporary lane paintings in favor of all 5 lanes being fully open to traffic for the first time since early 2010...only approximately 17 months behind the original completion date...So right now only the extreme right lanes on either side are open to traffic while crews repaint the center lanes...

    Andrew

    13 Nov 14 at 2:42 pm

  12. WISTV is now reporting that all 4 lanes are fullly open to traffic...only aobut 18 months behind schedule and $6M over budget

    Andrew

    21 Nov 14 at 9:30 pm

  13. Well, maybe I can get to Edna's now....LOL

    Homer

    23 Nov 14 at 3:39 am

  14. It's about time. I'm curious as to how they went 6 million over budget? and just how "good" of a job did they do? Will it fall apart in the near future again? Feels like they've been redoing this bridge for 10 years with them taking so long.

    CayceKid

    23 Nov 14 at 11:56 pm

  15. I think unforeseen issues with heavy 2013 rain and the hardness of rocks underneath it were the main reasons why...it only took 4½ years but it should have been 3. I think there is also a tendency with construction to be overly optimistic about how long a project will take.

    Andrew

    24 Nov 14 at 1:05 am

  16. The funny thing is, is that the Bridge in Charleston was built faster than this little thing over the Broad River, and it's 10 times the size. Leave it to Columbia to be slow as usual to get anything done. Any bets as to how long before something has to be "fixed" on this one? and it'll take another 4 years to have it done too.

    CayceKid

    25 Nov 14 at 9:51 am

  17. Maybe the contractors is Charleston didn't run into a situation like:

    "The rock turned out to be harder than we anticipated".

    I'm still calling incompetence and BS on this one.

    Homer

    26 Nov 14 at 2:43 am

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