- The effects of early October's Hurricane Matthew caused road damage in 13 counties in South Carolina, including the vital I-95 traffic corridor, reports Overdrive.
- The DOT is releasing $1 million to begin road and infrastructure repairs as well as ensuring that traffic is adequately maintained.
- Though I-95 initially reopened last week, another shutdown soon ensued. I-95 South closed again, this time for 16 miles, after three major accidents, including one fiery crash involving hazardous materials and another resulting in two fatalities, said Overdrive.
Weeks after the hurricane hit, the trucking industry in particular, is suffering as the impact of the damage lingers.
This loss of money and increase in delays will not subside anytime soon. The funds from DOT may help to buffer the situation with quick repairs, but long-term efforts and restoration to safe roadways cannot begin until the flooding subsides.
Supply chain managers should continue to expect backlogs even as roads continue to open. Consistent communication with fleet operators and 3PLs and backup plans should remain active for a few more weeks, at minimum.