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Put those detour plans on hold: The Ben Sawyer Bridge, originally set to close today for 10 days, will close sometime in January instead due to the stormy weather.

The Bridge to Sullivan’s Island will be undergoing construction to add a 640-ton new swing span. The new bridge will, due to islanders’ persistence, mirror the existing bridge, which dates back to World War II. The project is estimated to cost $31 million.

The last minute reschedule is not said to impact the contractor’s ability to meet May 2010’s completion date.

“Rather than rushing to complete the closure before the holidays, the decision was made to be cautious and wait until after the holidays to begin the full closure,” the statement said.

The exact dates for the bridge and waterway closure in January will be determined later.

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