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Construction, flooding account for delays in South Carolina, Wisconsin, Arkansas

The Associated Press

6/25/2013

Motorists in parts of South Carolina, Wisconsin and Arkansas will face increased traffic due to road construction and flooding.

South Carolina authorities say drivers could face big delays on Interstate 77 in York County as crews close two northbound lanes to repair a bridge.

The lanes will be closed for about two weeks starting Tuesday morning between mile marker 80 and mile marker 82 near the bridge over the Catawba River. The highway is usually four lanes through that area.

The Department of Transportation says the contractor working on the bridge repairs hopes to finish by July 8, but that depends on the weather.

The DOT is telling motorists heading to Charlotte, N.C., to expect delays and consider an alternate route.

Mudslides and flooding have closed at least three highways in southwestern Wisconsin.

A landslide on Highway 61 in Crawford County has closed the road between Highway 60 and the bridge to Boscobel. The Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center notes the highway is covered in mud 25 feet high and 200 yards long. Mudslides and debris have also closed Highway 35 from Lynxville to Prairie du Chien. And flooding was closed Highway 171 from Highway 27 to 131.

Flash flood watches and warnings are in effect until Wednesday throughout much of southern and western Wisconsin. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Crawford, Grant, Vernon, Kenosha, Lafayette, Green and Rock counties.

Arkansas highway officials said a lane of Interstate 55 will close temporarily as crews repair a message board in Crittenden County.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says crews will work on an electronic message board at the 13-mile marker in Jericho.

The department says the southbound, inside lane of I-55 will be closed Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., weather permitting.

 

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