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Typically drive on this Beaufort bridge? You may consider a different route tonight

Will Beaufort’s iconic Woods Bridge follow the fate of other Beaufort County bridges?

The aging Richard Varn Woods Memorial Bridge is nearing its life span.
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The aging Richard Varn Woods Memorial Bridge is nearing its life span.

Drivers should expect more traffic in the downtown Beaufort area tonight as construction on the Woods Memorial Bridge continues.

The bridge will be restricted to one lane from 7 p.m. Thursday until 5 a.m. Friday, according to a post on the City of Beaufort’s Facebook page.

The Woods Memorial Bridge is a swing bridge over the Beaufort River connecting Lady’s Island and Beaufort. Its namesake is Richard V. Woods, a S.C. Highway Patrol officer who was killed in the line of duty on Aug. 15, 1969. The bridge also appeared in the movie Forrest Gump.

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Lana Ferguson has covered news of all sorts for The Island Packet & Beaufort Gazette since June 2018. Before coming to the Lowcountry, she worked for publications in her home state of Virginia and graduated from the University of Mississippi, where she was editor of the college’s daily newspaper.
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