Church Street Bridge in Greenville, SC to undergo rehabilitation this summer


Changes are coming to the Church Street bridge. | Rendering by SCDOT

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There are big changes coming to a landmark bridge in Downtown Greenville. The Church Street bridge (passing over McBee Avenue and East Broad Street) will undergo a rehabilitation starting this summer.

What are the improvements?

There are two main goals: Ensuring the bridge is structurally sound and enhancing pedestrian safety measures.

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It’s more than just a fresh coat of paint. | Renderings via SCDOT

Changes include:

  • Bridge deck repairs
  • New concrete surface on the road
  • New railings and road dividers
  • Wider sidewalks
  • Upgraded lighting
  • New stairs leading to McBee Street
  • A paint job
  • Drainage system repairs

SCDOT says the changes will improve the poor condition” of the bridge’s concrete.


The bridge then and now. | Photos via SCDOT

Why is this necessary?

In 2021, an average of 26,300 vehicles traveled on Church Street from Augusta Street to North Spring Street. By 2039, that number is estimated to hit 38,000+ each day. The age of the bridge — which was built in 1959 — and the increase in traffic are the main drivers for these improvements.


Check the map to see the project area and a route around it. | Map via SCDOT

When will this happen?

Construction is set to begin this summer and is expected to take 12-18 months. The bridge will remain open to cars — with one lane open in each direction — but it will be closed to pedestrians.

The walking path and parking lots below the bridge will also be closed for construction.

Do you have questions or comments?

Submit your questions and feedback to SCDOT.

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