Department of Transportation crews in South Carolina spent most of Wednesday morning inspecting bridges in York County after holes were found in several two weeks ago.
The damage from recent rains prompted a larger inspection, which crews finished Wednesday.
The work began around 9 a.m. on Wednesday. The State Inspection Team looked at six bridges. We were with them as they looked for cracked, lifted cement and exposed rebar. They said that's just some of the damage they've been finding on some South Carolina bridges on Interstate 77.
"It's according to what we're seeing, that will determine how long it takes. A new bridge we just kind of walk across it because it's in good shape, but some of these with patches and sprawls in it. It could take a lot longer," said bridge inspector Todd McNinch.
State inspectors were supposed to get the job done last week but say they ran out of time. McNinch said the inspection of one bridge if it's done right could take up to a half hour.
"It's according to what we're seeing, that will determine how long it takes," said McNinch.
The initial inspections were prompted after concrete fell from three bridges in York County after recent rain.
We're told some of the bridges inspected are more than 40 years old.
The damage caused the state to shut down travel lanes. We were with crews last week when they walked more than 20 bridges on I-77 from Columbia to the York County line.
Today crews performed a surface inspection by simply walking across the bridge.
The damage they find will be handed over to state engineers, who will come up with a plan to fix it.
They'll also recommend extra funding for bridge decks.
According to the South Carolina DOT, they get $119 million a year in federal money to fix the roads, and $10 million from the state which comes at a cost to taxpayers through the gas tax.
Some drivers told Eyewitness News they'd be willing to pay more if it meant a permanent fix to area bridges. Others disagreed and said the state should come up with the money needed.
"Next thing you know people are going to start filing lawsuits against the state for their cars being torn up," said Randy Mahaffey.
As a precaution, SCDOT crews have decided to inspect all bridge decks across the state.