Update on damaged bridge on US 21 near Hampton and Beaufort County Line

September 21, 2023

SCDOT is working closely with CSX to stabilize the area near the derailment to ensure that train service can be restored quickly. SCDOT engineers have determined the bridge over the railroad will need to be replaced.

“SCDOT is taking immediate action in the aftermath of today’s train derailment,” said Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall, P.E. “We recognize the critical need for passenger and freight movement and we are working quickly alongside our partners to restore rail service. I have asked our team to pursue an emergency procurement to expedite the replacement of this bridge. We will move as quickly as possible to get this corridor reopened to vehicular traffic.”

SCDOT encourages drivers to plan ahead and drive cautiously through the area. Pay attention to road signs and stay alert for crews working along the roadway.


The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is the state agency with oversight of South Carolina’s network of highways and bridges, including responsibilities such as planning, design, construction, financing, and roadway safety. To ensure the nation’s fourth-largest highway system is prepared to serve the needs of South Carolina’s growing economy and population, SCDOT has developed a Strategic 10-Year Plan that addresses improvements to the state’s highway and bridge systems. Learn more at scdot.org.