WEST SPRINGS — A road has been closed to all but local traffic after “pipe failure” possibly caused by the age of the pipe or heavy rains or a combination of the two caused a section of it to collapse Monday.
Jason Childers, Resident Maintenance Engineer for the SC Department of Transportation in Union County, said that the failure of a pipe that runs beneath a section of Mt. Lebanon Road about 1/2 mile from SC 215 had compromised that part of the road. As a result, Childers said his office has closed the road to all but local traffic and put in a detour for all thru-traffic. He said the detour runs from SC 215 to Putman Road and then back to Mt. Lebanon Road.
As for what caused failure of the pipe beneath the road, Childers said he has not been able to do a close inspection because of the amount of water still flowing through it. He said it could possibly be due to the age of the pipe or to the swirling of the water caused by the heavy rains the area received on Monday.
Childers said the pipe channels water that flows through a creek that runs under the road. He said the creek is not a year-round one but a wet weather one. In the summer, Childers said it is dry.
As for when the road will be repaired and reopened to thru-traffic, Childers said that will be determined after the inspection to, first, determine the cause of failure of the pipe and, second, how best to repair it. He said the inspection will be done once the water flowing beneath the road subsides.