Problems persist after storm closes key East Coast highway

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Posted: Oct 07, 2015 2:17 PM
Problems persist after storm closes key East Coast highway

TURBEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Motorists are again traveling on Interstate 95, one of the East Coast's busiest highways, but the road's normal flow from Florida and Maine remains stalled by the flooding that's snarled South Carolina traffic for days.

Long-distance drivers continued being rerouted Wednesday around a 74-mile section that usually carries about 30,000 cars and trucks daily.

South Carolina Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Bob Beres says about 60 miles of that section is open to local traffic only between Interstates 20 and 26. Through traffic on I-95 is being routed onto those interstates for a 168-mile detour.

State Transportation Department spokesman Pete Poore says high, fast water hasn't allowed inspectors to see the underside of bridges over the Black and Pocotaligo rivers in the closed zone.