A major artery connecting coastal communities to Charleston and beyond is back open, one week earlier than expected. South Carolina Department of Transportation officials made the announcement late Thursday and reopened the west bound lanes of I-526 to traffic Saturday. Fortunately, the weather permitted.
"Well it's very welcome news, " said Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie. "We have 33,000 cars a day going out of Mount Pleasant over that bridge and there are only nine lanes of traffice leading out of our town and two of them were lost in a moment's notice."