For the second time in four years, the Possum Glory Bridge in Hawcreek Township has been temporarily closed because of structural concerns.

After an inspection by United Consulting, the 130-foot-long one-lane truss bridge over Clifty Creek north of Hartsville, pictured above, will remain closed until repairs are completed.

Nearly $400,000 worth of renovations are planned for the bridge including replacing deteriorating parts, truss repairs, replacing crumbling end posts and painting. The repairs will be paid for through the county’s cumulative bridge fund.

In December 2011, the commissioners temporarily closed Possum Glory Bridge as a precaution. Weaknesses in the main support beam under the deck were cited as the reason.

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After reopening it, the weight limit was lowered from 5 tons to 3 tons, the county’s lowest bridge classification. But by following recommendations, the weight limit will be raised to 20 tons, the bridge consultant said.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5636.