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Portion of Highway 178 Closed Until August

A portion of Highway 178 near the NC border is closed due to a mudslide. Credit: SC DOT.
A portion of Highway 178 near the NC border is closed due to a mudslide. Credit: SC DOT.

A quarter-mile portion of US Highway 178 near the NC state line in Pickens County is expected to remain closed until early August while repairs are being made after a mudslide damaged the road.

An approximate 30-minute detour has been posted in cooperation with NCDOT and will remain in place until the road is opened to traffic. The detour, which includes a portion in North Carolina, includes Van Clayton Memorial Highway, Glady Fork Road and East Fork Road.

The average daily traffic of the road is approximately 500 vehicles.

SCDOT maintenance forces are working to move approximately 3,000 cubic yards of dirt to dig out a damaged drainage pipe, install a new pipe and build up and stabilize the slope alongside the road. The road has been closed since the damage occurred on July 4.

Barriers are in place closing off the road. The public is cautioned not to attempt to circumvent the barriers because the damaged road and steep drop-off present an imminent danger to the public. Depending on weather conditions, repairs are expected to be completed in early August.


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