NEWBERRY — Newberry County Council will consider plans for repair work on four bridges in the 286‐acre wildlife park located behind the old National Guard armory off Wilson Road.
The park is owned and maintained by Newberry County. The project will be voted on by Council at its Aug. 20 meeting. At a meeting of the Friends of Lynch’s Woods on Aug. 8, county officials laid out plans for bridge improvements.
“There are a number of bridges in Lynch’s Woods that are badly in need of repair,” Newberry County Administrator Wayne Adams said. “It’s a safety issue, as well as an environmental concern.”
Hikers, naturalists, mountain bikers, and horse riders regularly visit from Columbia and other cities, and there is a significant positive effect on the income of local businesses as visitors purchase food, gasoline, and supplies at stores and restaurants in the area. The park is also home to various plant species not generally found in many other locations in the United States.
The goal of the project to be voted on at the Aug. 20 council meeting is to repair bridge crossings in four locations. A key location for bridge work is about two miles along the 4.2 mile gravel road. At that location, as with many other spots, the pipe under the bridge is clogged with debris and dirt. Drainage through the pipe is almost totally blocked.
At other sites in the park, stone bridge headwalls are collapsing. Bridges within the park are thought to have been constructed by CCC (Civil Conservation Corps) workers in the 1930s. Sporadic renovation has taken place in The Woods, but those bridges have had to deal with almost 80 years of weather, including floods and a tornado.
“Bids have been received, and we just need Council’s approval to move forward,” Adams said.
If approved, work on the project is slated to be started in mid‐September, and should be completed in two months. Total outlay for the project is budgeted at $160,300.