Law enforcement blocked off a portion of Wildwood Lane behind Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS) after a catch basin and a piece of the roadway collapsed Monday morning. As of Tuesday afternoon, the portion of the road -- between Richardson Boulevard and Magnolia Lane -- was still blocked off. Officials from the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) said heavy rain caused the collapse. SCDOT Assistant Resident Maintenance Engineer Brian Motley said the road may reopen Thursday afternoon, depending on the weather.
Motley said the agency received a call around 7:30 a.m. Monday informing them that the catch basin fell under the road. SCDOT workers cleaned the area of naturally-occurring debris on Monday, and do the “real work” today: workers will have to place a “pre-cast” catch basin, pipes, and build a new “bottom floor.”
One woman posting a comment to the Chronicle-Independent’s Facebook page said they drove through the area just before officials closed the road. She said she made it through safely, but that it was “very dangerous.” Another woman posted a comment saying she had been frightened when they drove through the area prior to the closing.
People who use the back entrance to L-EHS will still be able to do so if they are traveling from Richardson Road on to Wildwood Lane, however.
Motley said it could cost several thousand dollars to make repairs.
The Wildwood Lane incident was just one of SCDOT’s concerns Monday. According to Motley, there were other flooded areas throughout the county with SCDOT and the Lugoff-Elgin Water Authority both out trying to clean out pipes to help keep water off the roads. The pond area on 25 Mile Creek Road was repaired and reopened yesterday afternoon, Motley said.
Kershaw County School District Director of Communications Mary Anne Byrd said the collapse did not affect either L-EHS or Lugoff-Elgin Middle School from opening or dismissing on time Monday.
In addition to the work being done on Wildwood Lane, Motley said there will be several roads closing next week as CSX Railroad works on railroad crossings. Detours will be posted. The following roads will be closed, for one or two days, depending on the weather:
Monday, Aug. 26 -- Pine Road, Camden
Tuesday, Aug. 27 -- Lyttleton Street, Camden, and Ward Road, Lugoff
Wednesday, Aug. 28 -- Whitehead and Bookman roads, both in Elgin
Tuesday, Sept. 3 -- Broad Street, Camden
(C-I Editor Martin L. Cahn contributed to this report.)