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Softwave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis in Wando, SC

When you get up in the morning and go to the bathroom to brush your teeth, do you notice a stabbing, sharp pain near your heel? Does the pain go away once you have a chance to walk around? If so, you could have plantar fasciitis. According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, this painful condition is quite common. About two million people suffer from plantar fasciitis every year, and almost 10% of all people will experience the condition at least once in their life.

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What is Plantar Fasciitis?

This common foot issue happens when the plantar fascia - a fan-shaped tissue near your heel - gets inflamed. The plantar fascia is a thick strip of connective tissue that links your toes to your heel bone, helping to preserve the arch of your foot. When this band is strained, it causes intensely sharp pain, usually in the morning when you wake up and plant your feet on the floor.

Most folks ignore plantar fasciitis because the pain eventually goes away throughout the day. However, if left untreated, plantar fasciitis can lead to weakness and chronic pain, which may affect daily walking.

Some causes of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Playing Sports
  • Standing or Working on Feet for Long Periods of Time
  • Working or Exercising on Hard Floor Surfaces
  • Exercising Without Stretching
  • Wearing Shoes with Minimal Foot Support
  • Long Periods of Standing or Walking Barefoot

Do Traditional Treatment Options Work?

The short answer to this question is not really. Patients with plantar fasciitis will ice the affected area with little-to-no relief since they spend so much time on their feet. It's hard to rest an achy heel if you've got a job that requires you to be on your feet. Anti-inflammatory meds like Advil don't work all that well, either. They may provide temporary pain relief, but in terms of a long-term solution, taking these drugs will cause major side effects.

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The Benefits of Shockwave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis in Wando, SC

When more conservative treatment options like ice and over-the-counter meds don't work, most doctors turn to ultra-expensive orthotics, steroid injections, or invasive surgery. For the average person, those options fail on all fronts, as they carry risks for side effects and may even cause the issue to worsen.

Instead of going under the knife or changing their daily routines, many people suffering from plantar fasciitis are turning to Softwave therapy for relief.

During a shockwave therapy session, our expert providers use a special probe to deliver pressure waves to inflamed tissue. These waves trigger natural healing processes causing new blood vessels to form. In turn, oxygen is supplied to the affected area, reducing inflammation and causing healthy cells to regenerate. Shockwave therapy also produces collagen, which is crucial for connective tissue health.

With just a few visits, many patients find long-term relief from plantar fasciitis without relying on strange drugs or harmful surgeries.

Softwave Therapy for Knee Pain in Wando, SC

Living with knee pain is just miserable. From knee tendonitis to osteoarthritis, knee pain can prevent you from enjoying activities and affect your day-to-day life. Your knee is a joint comprised of cartilage, bone, ligaments, and fluids. Tendons and muscles within the knee help the joint move. When one of these crucial knee structures is hurt or compromised, it results in knee pain and long-lasting knee problems. This, in turn, leads to difficulty walking at best and debilitating knee issues at worse.

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What Causes Knee Pain?

If you're an active person or somebody who plays sports often, you're probably all too familiar with knee pain - especially common conditions like patellar tendinopathy. Also called "jumpers knee," this issue happens at the patellar tendon, which is found on the front of the knee just under the knee cap. When living with this condition, most patients experience pain around the kneecap or lower down on the leg around the tibia.

In addition to injuries and issues like jumper's knee, everyday wear and tear will cause knee pain over time. With time, this knee pain can develop into arthritis. If your knees are swollen, painful, or stiff, you may have arthritis in your knees. Regardless of the kind of knee pain you're experiencing, treatment options have been limited to agonizing surgeries and addicting pain medications. But that all changes with shockwave therapy for knee pain in Wando, SC.

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The Benefits of Softwave Therapy for Knee Pain

Though no two knee pain problems are exactly the same, shockwave therapy has been shown to be highly effective for knee pain. In fact, many patients at Elite Healthcare Physical Medicine find relief after just one session. Many times, sessions can be completed in as little as 30 minutes. So if you want to find relief for knee pain on your lunch break, that's definitely possible.

As is the case with plantar fasciitis, Softwave therapy works by sending sound wave and low-energy impulses to the affected area of your knee. These pulses stimulate your body's healing factors, which can help regenerate and repair damaged tendons and tissues. Softwave therapy for knee pain is especially promising for people who have tried other treatments - like surgery and pain meds - with disappointing results.

Benefits include:

  • No Surgery
  • No Medications
  • Pain-Free Treatment
  • Long-Term Relief
  • Enhanced Range of Knee Motion
  • No Risks of Addiction
  • Short Treatment Sessions
  • Quick Relief

Does Shockwave Therapy for Knee Pain Really Work?

Several studies and reviews prove that Softwave therapy can be very beneficial for people suffering from knee pain problems like jumper's knee. A study involving 66 patients with knee pain found that they enjoyed a significant improvement in their reported pain levels with Softwave therapy. In fact, knee pain was reduced by nearly 50% after a single month. When combined with other regenerative and physical therapy treatments at Elite Healthcare Physical Medicine, your days of living with knee pain are numbered.

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Softwave Therapy for Shoulder Pain in Wando, SC

Here's a fact for you to consider: Every joint that you have in your body plays a part in your day-to-day life. But when we think of joint issues, we typically jump to knee issues. However, your knees aren't the only joints in your body to go through wear and tear. Your shoulders experience just as much, if not more, wear and tear than your knees. We put a strain on our shoulders just about every time we use or move our arms. Our shoulders play a pivotal part in living a normal life. When they begin to deteriorate over time due to age or overuse, it creates a litany of painful problems.

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What Causes Shoulder Pain?

There are many causes of shoulder pain, like deterioration, inflammation, and trauma. Of the many painful shoulder conditions affecting Americans yearly, rotator cuff tendonitis and arthritis are very common. Also called calcific tendinitis, rotator cuff pain is caused by built-up calcium deposits on the shoulder's tendons, which connect your rotator cuff to nearby muscles and bones. This painful condition is usually linked to sports, like basketball and volleyball, or in professions requiring repetitive movements, like in the plumbing industry.

Some common symptoms of shoulder pain and rotator cuff tendinitis include:

  • Swelling
  • Weakness of the Arm
  • Limited Range of Motion
  • Shoulder Stiffness or Tenderness
  • Disturbed Sleep
  • Dull, Achy Pain

Though strengthening exercises and some medications provide temporary relief for shoulder pain, they're not meant as long-term solutions. Luckily, Softwave therapy for rotator cuff pain in Wando, SC, can help.

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How Does Shockwave Therapy Heal Shoulder Pain?

Shockwave therapy has been shown to work wonders for shoulder pain. Low-intensity shockwaves break up calcium deposits and jumpstart your body's healing processes, stimulating blood flow and healthy cell growth. Shockwave treatment is especially effective for long-term shoulder pain since it releases stem cells, sends growth factors to the affected area, and boosts capillary production. Shockwave therapy has also been shown to break down scar tissue and eliminate trigger points, all of which decrease shoulder pain. This relief is most often long-lasting, unlike other treatments like medications and injections.

Does Softwave Therapy for Shoulder Pain Really Work?

Many studies support the efficacy of Softwave therapy for shoulder conditions like rotator cuff pain and calcific tendonitis of the shoulder. In a study of 84 patients living with long-term rotator cuff tendonitis, participants in the treatment group saw a significant decrease in the intensity of their shoulder pain. Another study related to shockwave therapy for calcific tendonitis found that 86.6% of patients experienced fewer calcifications.

If you're having to live with rotator cuff pain or another type of shoulder issue, choosing Softwave therapy may be your best course of action.

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Live a Pain-Free Life with Softwave Therapy from Elite Healthcare Physical Medicine

Whether you're sick of living with intense heel pain from plantar fasciitis, the mobility issues associated with knee pain, or the day-to-day struggles of rotator cuff degeneration, you'll find hope at Elite Healthcare Physical Medicine. Unlike some medical clinics, our team of doctors and specialists focus on an integrative, multidisciplinary approach to healing. Instead of relying on addictive medications and invasive surgeries, we prefer to address the underlying causes that our patients face.

We combine several all-natural pain relief therapies so that your shoulder pain, knee pain, joint pain, and foot pain go away for good. We resolve pain by using healing treatments that restore function and improve mobility for the long term. Our state-of-the-art regenerative medicine treatments, used hand-in-hand with proven chiropractic techniques, will stimulate your body's healing power from within. If your pain is related to muscles, nerves, and bones, our doctors can help you overcome discomfort, injury, or medical conditions affecting these systems.

If you've been unable to resolve your pain or have become dependent on painkillers to cope, Softwave therapy may be the natural solution you need. It all starts with a quick call to our office, so we can begin to understand your needs. When you come for your first visit, our doctors will find the personalized treatment you need so that you can manage your pain in a non-invasive and drug-free environment manner.

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Notable Wando graduates: Where are they now

As a high school principal, I am always interested in where our graduates go in life and what careers they chose. I had the opportunity recently to follow up on three outstanding Wando graduates, the Voit brothers. All three accepted full scholarships after high school at the University of Texas as McDermott Scholars. Walter and Richard were valedictorians at Wando, and Benedict graduated second in his class. These incredible young men are the sons of Dr. Eberhardt and Ann Voit.Walter will finish his Ph.D. at Georgia Tech this year. H...

As a high school principal, I am always interested in where our graduates go in life and what careers they chose. I had the opportunity recently to follow up on three outstanding Wando graduates, the Voit brothers. All three accepted full scholarships after high school at the University of Texas as McDermott Scholars. Walter and Richard were valedictorians at Wando, and Benedict graduated second in his class. These incredible young men are the sons of Dr. Eberhardt and Ann Voit.

Walter will finish his Ph.D. at Georgia Tech this year. He is in the Material Science Department and is working with memory shape polymers, which is a plastic that becomes soft and malleable when heated and holds its new shape when cold. If, however, it gets heated again, it will return to its original shape. This process is not a new one, but he has developed certain new techniques to make the plastic become soft at any temperature he wants to set by changing the properties of the plastic. He incorporated his first company in December of 2007: Syzygy Memory Plastics, Inc. The company has found industrial uses for his processes, and he hopes to begin small scale production this summer in applications, from hearing devices to orthopedics to dentistry. He has four papers submitted for publication and is in the process of applying for patents for his new techniques.

Richard is in his third year of an eight year M.D./Ph.D. program at Southwestern Medical in Dallas. He completed the first two years as any M.D. student would, passed the first qualifying exam and is now doing lab work for the Ph.D. part, looking at zinc-finger nuclease proteins, which can be used to manipulate a cellís DNA in search of a cure for diseases like sickle cell anemia, hemophilia, AIDS and some blood cancers. When he finishes his dissertation, he will then go back to the medical school part and do rotations as the M.D. students would in year three and four.

At the end of year eight, he will be awarded both the M.D. and the Ph.D. together. Then he has to do a post-doctoral work in scientific research and a residency before both the medical field and the scientific field will accept him as one of their own. He hopes to stay in cancer research and run a lab.

Benedict graduated, as did both Walter and Richard, from UT Dallas. Walter got a B.S. and an M.S. in computer science; Richard got a B.S. in Microbiology, and Benedict received a B.A. in Political Science. Benedict started out in computers and actually worked at the National Labs in Los Alamos after his freshman year, converting old computer code to C++ in the astrophysics lab and then analyzing the data and publishing a paper about modeling supernova explosions used to predict star age and behavior, but he said he couldnít envision a lifetime of that, so switched majors his junior year.

He likes Political Science a lot and again published a paper on the long-wave theory in American Politics and presented a paper at a conference in Las Vegas. He now intends to go and get an MBA in a couple of years after gaining work experience. He is working at a firm in Dallas that does modeling and forecasting for Credit Unions on their investment strategies. He is learning the ropes in economics through the detailed work from the bottom up.

The McDermott scholarship program gave all three boys fantastic opportunities to do exciting summer travel and internships, which has had a lot to do with their choices. Walter spent two summers at the National Labs in Los Alamos, Richard and Benedict both one each. The McDermott scholarship paid for an 8-month study in Germany for Walter at the University of Cologne, a 12-week language study program for Richard in China and a 12-week study summer for Benedict in Frankfurt at the Goethe Institute.

Benedict also had a summer internship at the Dallas Federal Reserve in their cash department. The program has sent the scholars as a class to London, Washington D.C., Guanajuato, Mexico, NYC, and given them tickets to the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Symphony, and free passes to all of the Dallas museums. The McDermott Scholar program also encouraged them to volunteer in local elementary schools where 65% of the parents donít speak English.

Although I would certainly credit the parents for raising such talented, creative sons, Ann Voit shared these comments with me about the education her children received in the public schools of Mount Pleasant.

Ann said, ìWhile the boys are doing well and have made good choices, it hasnít been without encouragement of teachers and programs all along the way. When they were at James B. Elementary, it was a magical and wonderfully challenging atmosphere. Trish Yandle turned Moultrie around just as Walter was starting 6th grade, and then you came in Walterís sophomore year at Wando to start the amazing transformation there. They truly have been blessed by a system that has worked. They may not be able to recognize it yet, but once they see the bigger picture of education that isnít directly related to their own endeavors, they will begin to recognize what I already see.

There is no way, ever, for us to be able to thank all adequately for their help in shaping the boys lives, so my only hope is the boys will be able to give to the next generation what has been so freely endowed to them.î

The Voit success story is representative of many of our graduates who are now engaged in challenging careers and impacting the lives of others in positive ways.

I am personally proud of every one of them and delight in hearing their stories and accomplishments.

SC's best high school athletic programs include Wando, Bishop England, Philip Simmons

Three of the top high school athletic programs in South Carolina are located in the Charleston area.The S.C. Athletic Administrators Association recently announced the winners of the Carlisle Cup in each of the state’s five High School League classifications. The Carlisle Cup recognizes the top athletic programs each year, based on state championships and playoff success.Prep ZoneWando is the Class AAAAA winner for the 20...

Three of the top high school athletic programs in South Carolina are located in the Charleston area.

The S.C. Athletic Administrators Association recently announced the winners of the Carlisle Cup in each of the state’s five High School League classifications. The Carlisle Cup recognizes the top athletic programs each year, based on state championships and playoff success.

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Wando is the Class AAAAA winner for the 2020-21 school year. The athletic program captured state titles in volleyball, girls swimming and girls soccer, and was the state runner-up in boys swimming, boys tennis and girls lacrosse. Wando also was Lower State runner-up in girls basketball and girls tennis, third in girls track and fourth in boys track.

Bishop England was the top program in Class AAA this year. The Bishops won state titles in girls tennis, boys cross country, girls lacrosse and boys lacrosse, and were state runners-up in girls basketball, boys golf and boys swimming. The girls cross country team finished third in the state meet, and the girls golf team was third in the AAA state tournament.

Philip Simmons earned the award for Class AA. The four-year-old Berkeley County school won state titles in boys tennis, boys track and girls track, while finishing second in boys cross country and girls cross country. The girls tennis team was AA state runner-up as well. The volleyball and girls basketball teams reached the AA Lower State finals.

High school coaches on the move

Summer is often the time for movement among the prep coaching ranks, and this summer is no different.

Oceanside Collegiate recently announced the hiring of two new varsity head coaches, while an assistant at Berkeley has landed his first head coaching gig.

OCA filled openings in baseball and softball in recent days. Alecia Robinson will assume duties as the head softball coach next spring. Robinson comes to Oceanside Collegiate from Blue Ridge High School in Greer. Robinson served at Blue Ridge for the last three seasons, guiding the Tigers to an undefeated region record and a Lower State appearance in Class AAAA.

Robinson is a former two-time all-state performer at Tuscola High School in Waynesville, North Carolina, where she holds the school’s career home run record.

Richie McCullough will take the reins of the successful baseball program. McCullough replaces Jerry Stoots, who was not retained after the 2021 season. McCullough has been an assistant on the varsity team for the last two seasons. Oceanside played for the Class AA state title in 2019 and won 20 games this spring but failed to make the state playoffs.

McCullough is a native of Columbia and a 1990 graduate of Columbia High. He was a four-year all-region selection who was also was named all-state and played in the North-South all-star game.

Prior to his move to Charleston, McCullough spent 11 years as an assistant coach in Lexington.

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“I am very appreciative for the opportunity here at Oceanside and would like to thank Mrs. (Brenda) Corley and Coach (Mark) Meyer for putting their trust in me," McCullough said. "I love everything about this school.”

Zach Jacobs, who was Berkeley's junior varsity baseball coach and an assistant coach for the varsity team, was hired as the varsity head coach at Beaufort High School. Jacobs is a graduate of Berkeley and was an All-Lowcountry selection as a player. He inherits a program that played for the Class AAAA Lower State championship this past spring. The Eagles lost to James Island in the best-of-three Lower State series.

Wando wrestling brings home state champ, runner-up from state championships

The Wando High School wrestling team finished 16th at the AAAAA South Carolina State Wrestling Championships on Feb. 24 and 25. One Warrior came home as an individual state champion and another a runner-up in their respective weight classes.Senior Pierce Carpenter-Kydd finished the season as the state champion in the 170-pound weight class. Coach Adam Schneider said Carpenter-Kydd “put in the work” in the off-season. The senior placed third in last year’s tournament and was determined to place first in his final team...

The Wando High School wrestling team finished 16th at the AAAAA South Carolina State Wrestling Championships on Feb. 24 and 25. One Warrior came home as an individual state champion and another a runner-up in their respective weight classes.

Senior Pierce Carpenter-Kydd finished the season as the state champion in the 170-pound weight class. Coach Adam Schneider said Carpenter-Kydd “put in the work” in the off-season. The senior placed third in last year’s tournament and was determined to place first in his final team season.

“He's not a kid that's coming in to fool around. He comes in and has his fun but when it's time to practice and it’s time to work, he's one of the hardest workers we have,” Schneider said. “He was a little down last year after taking third. Obviously was happy with taking third, but his goal was really to be state champion and you can really see the offseason work that he put in.”

The tournament was also the first official girl’s state championship. Wando has five girls on the varsity wrestling team, three of whom qualified for state. They could choose to wrestle in the AAAAA boys' division or participate in the girl’s tournament, which included teams from all schools, regardless of class. All chose to wrestle in the girl’s bracket, making sophomore Cassidy Warren Wando’s first wrestler to place in the girl’s tournament.

Warren, who is also a cheerleader in the fall, placed second in the 120-pound weight class. Schneider said he immediately noticed her tenacity when she joined the team this winter.

“I think from day one what I realized is how tough she is. Obviously, she's a very good athlete. She's a cheerleader, but she's very tough. It's not one of those sports where, you know, you can go out there and kind of walk through practice. You kind of have to fully immerse yourself and give it your all and she never complained. She wrestled with the guys, with the girls. It didn't really matter who it was,” Schneider said.

The Wando Warriors made it to the Sweet 16 in the tournament, ending a tough season marked by injury and the loss of some of their starting wrestlers.

“We had a couple of starters that did not come out to us and that were kind of expected to come back out this year,” Schneider said. “We had some kids really step up which was outstanding, even through some of the injuries. We had some very good wrestlers kind of get banged up this year, get hurt, so a couple of them didn't get to finish their senior seasons, which is a bummer.”

Though the tournament signaled the end of the varsity season, individual and club wrestling continues year round. Carpenter-Kydd and senior Jacob Pelbath were selected to compete in the 2023 SC North/South All-Star Wrestling Classic on March 3 and 4. Schneider was also named a coach of the 5A/1A-2A South All-Star team.

Wando girls' swim team won AAAAA state championship for fifth straight year

The Wando girls’ swim team claimed its fifth straight State Championship title. The team dominated at the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) AAAAA State Championship swim meet in North Charleston on Oct. 9.“Winning the State Championship was the best experience ever,” said senior Sophie Frece, who has been on the team all four years and was the team captain this season. “I never felt so happy because I completed every year of my high school swimming career with a State Championship title. It was very emo...

The Wando girls’ swim team claimed its fifth straight State Championship title. The team dominated at the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) AAAAA State Championship swim meet in North Charleston on Oct. 9.

“Winning the State Championship was the best experience ever,” said senior Sophie Frece, who has been on the team all four years and was the team captain this season. “I never felt so happy because I completed every year of my high school swimming career with a State Championship title. It was very emotional for me and there were a lot of tears.”

Frece won the 100-yard backstroke (56.11) and placed second in the 100-yard butterfly. Gil Shaw tied for first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.07). The team took home two relay gold medals in the 200-yard medley relay with Frece, Shaw, Illy Lightfoot and Eliza Baxter (1:45.80) and the 400-yard freestyle relay with Frece, Shaw Baxter and Halle Schart (3:36.58).

The team finished with 412 points; the runner up was Fort Mill High School with 297.50 points.

“Winning five straight state titles to me just means that we have put in the work,” said Head Coach Cheryl Durden. “We go to the pool every morning before school and we train. We work hard and we play hard.”

The state championship win is the program’s seventh state title overall.

Frece said the state championship meet was her final chance to show colleges that she would be a worthy addition to their team. She started swimming competitively at eight years old, and she hopes to secure a spot on a college team.

“Swimming at Wando has been the best experience for me,” Frece said. “I think everyone should have as much spirit for their school as much as my team does for Wando. As captain, I tried to make the best of my experience and be the leader I knew I could be.”

She said she helped organize activities for the team outside of the pool. They ate out as a team after every swim meet, made t-shirts, had a team breakfast and dressed up for the meet against Lucy Beckham High School.

Durden said next season they will have a young team. They’re losing 15 seniors, but Durden hopes that the younger swimmers have learned from the older ones and can continue to emulate their success.

“I am hoping to build this new team of young swimmers into competitive champions,” Durden said.

Durden said she is proud to coach each swimmer. “You don’t always have to speak about your accolades, your actions show it,” she said.

She quoted professional basketball player Candace Parker after winning the 2021 WNBA championship: “Just put your head down, continue to work, do what’s right, be a good person, work hard, give energy, and the world will give back to you.”

Wando’s State Meet swimmers include:

Sophie Frece

Gil Shaw

Eliza Baxter

Kendall Bensen

Regan Leach

Halle Schart

Illy Lightfoot

Caitlin Mason

Mara Goodrich

Kate Green

Amadea Friedl

Caroline Bierman

Wando Bridge repairs will mean two I-526 lane reversals in coming months

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCIV) — The S.C. Dept. of Transportation plans to shut down both sides of the Wando Bridge twice in the coming months, meaning a reinstatement of controversial lane reversals on Interstate 526 while repair crews work on the maligned James B. Edwards Bridge.Kevin Turner, an S.C. DOT engineer overseeing the I-526 Wando Bridge repair project, confirmed the lane reversal plans to ABC News 4 on Thursday. Repair work on the east and west side of the bridge is set to start "sooner than later," he says....

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCIV) — The S.C. Dept. of Transportation plans to shut down both sides of the Wando Bridge twice in the coming months, meaning a reinstatement of controversial lane reversals on Interstate 526 while repair crews work on the maligned James B. Edwards Bridge.

Kevin Turner, an S.C. DOT engineer overseeing the I-526 Wando Bridge repair project, confirmed the lane reversal plans to ABC News 4 on Thursday. Repair work on the east and west side of the bridge is set to start "sooner than later," he says.

Fortunately, traffic impacts shouldn't be as significant for daily commuters. Turner says the lane reversals only will occur on two single weekends.

On both weekends, Turner says the lane reversals will start after evening rush hour on Fridays, and end on Sundays. The exact weekends for the closures haven't yet been determined, says Turner.

The lane reversals won't be the only impacts of the Wando Bridge repair work.

(MORE | SCDOT following 14 recommendations to improve Wando Bridge)

Turner says there will be an additional four weekends during which individual lanes on both the eastbound and westbound sides of the Wando Bridge will be closed for ongoing repair work.

Also, the trucking lanes on the east and west sides of the bridge, which are currently closed, will remain closed through the duration of the repair work, according to Turner.

Concrete barriers will be added along the closed trucking lanes to enforce the closure and protect workers, Turner says.

Freyssinet USA has been selected through a bidding process as the contractor to handle the $4 million repair. Turner says the construction company is one of a handful in the world qualified to take on the project, as their engineers specialize in post-tensioned box girder bridges such as the Wando Bridge.

The $4 million project will be paid for using a combination of state and federal dollars, Turner says.

Repair work is expected to start this summer, and continue through the first quarter of 2020. An exact timetable has not yet been established.

Turner says local mayors will be the first to know of the timetable for the lane closures and construction developments overall.

Repairs will be made to both the eastbound and westbound sides of the bridge, with contractors working to implement 9 of 14 repair and improvement recommendations made in a January 2019 comprehensive report on the bridge's issues.

The bulk of the work will be repairing corrosion damage caused by water leakage, and improving the structure to prevent water-related damage in the future, Turner says.

On May 14, 2018, DOT officials closed the westbound side of the James B. Edwards Bridge after discovering extensive corrosion and degradation to key parts of the bridge caused by water leakage.

The westbound side of the bridge was deemed unsafe for travel, while the eastbound portion — while in need of repair — was determined to be safe for continued use.

Initially, eastbound I-526 traffic was allowed to continue as normal, while westbound traffic was detoured onto U.S. Hwy. 17 over the Ravenel Bridge.

After nearly a week of extensive traffic congestion in the Mount Pleasant area because of the bridge closure, the DOT elected to reverse one lane on I-526, installing paved crossovers on the Mount Pleasant and Daniel Island approaches to the bridge, and placing dividing cones over the bridge.

The reversal allowed one lane of westbound I-526 traffic from Mount Pleasant to flow across the east side of the Wando Bridge toward Daniel Island and North Charleston.

DOT plans to enact a similar traffic pattern with the impending lane reversals, Turner says, but this time both sides of the bridge will close for a weekend apiece.

That will mean westbound traffic being diverted again into eastbound lanes over the bridge, and vice versa.

When the lane reversal was put in place last May, the move was appreciated by drivers and elected leaders East of the Cooper in 2018, but was criticized by drivers who commute to Daniel Island and Mount Pleasant from West Ashley, North Charleston, Summerville, Goose Creek and beyond.

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey was vocal in his disapproval, feeling the lane reversals failed to consider the broader impact on traffic in the greater Charleston area.

Turner says DOT this time around has been in frequent contact with Mayor Summey, Mayor Will Haynie of Mount Pleasant, the Port of Charleston, and other local stakeholders, letting them know the potential impacts well in advance.

"We have been apprised of the timing and the plans," Haynie said in response to Thursday's news. "The object is to get complete the repairs we all so painfully became aware of last year, and we are glad to see them occurring."

"I also support the weekend lane reversals because it lessens the impact on the tens of thousands of Mt. Pleasant residents who commute on workdays," Haynie added.

Mayor Summey couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

(Clarification: This story's original headline said the lane reversals would happen in Summer 2019. S.C. DOT officials asked us to clarify that while it's very possibly the reversals will happen in the summer months, it's not certain. The reversals will happen sometime between now and the first three months of 2020.)

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