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One lane of northbound US 25 open after hole found in bridge

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One lane of U.S. 25 is blocked to northbound traffic. (May 30, 2013/FOX Carolina) One lane of U.S. 25 is blocked to northbound traffic. (May 30, 2013/FOX Carolina)
The hole that shutdown northbound traffic along U.S. 25 Friday.  (May 30, 2013/FOX Carolina) The hole that shutdown northbound traffic along U.S. 25 Friday. (May 30, 2013/FOX Carolina)
TRAVELERS REST, SC (FOX Carolina) -

One lane of U.S. 25 in northern Greenville County reopened to traffic Thursday evening following the discovery of a hole in a bridge.

Road crews first blocked the outside, northbound lane of the highway over River Road because of a large hole in the bridge, which is about one mile north of SC 11.

FOX Carolina crews at the scene said the hole goes through the bridge, exposing the rebar as the concrete has fallen apart. DOT officials said the hole is two feet by five feet-wide.

Glassy Mountain firefighters along with South Carolina Department of Transportation crews were at the scene to assist in the traffic flow and road repair.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol detoured northbound traffic onto Highway 11 to Interstate 26 and back into North Carolina while the road was repaired.

One lane was reopened Thursday evening and the detour was canceled.

Jason Allison, a DOT engineer at the scene, said they got a call about a pothole but when patches arrived, they called back to say, "I believe this is a little more than I can patch."

Allison said work to repair the hole would begin Thursday, but the bulk of the work would likely start next week with a completion date estimated for the week of June 10.

He said once the work zone is secured, they will open up the inside lane - hopefully by Thursday night. They will keep the outside lane closed during the repair. The speed limit has been reduced to 35 mph through the work zone for the duration of the repair.

While drivers may be concerned about the bridge's safety, Allison said the bridge's structural integrity was not compromised, just the riding surface was affected.

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