The Palmetto State is getting back to normal following this week's winter storm.
At noon Thursday, Governor Nikki Haley ended the “state of emergency” she had declared Tuesday.
Most schools and government offices re-opened after a two-hour delay in the morning because of concerns about icy roads. And crews that had been working on those roads around the clock were able to resume normal operations again.
The state Department of Transportation says more than 2,000 maintenance workers were involved in road-clearing duties, spreading 16,150 tons of salt, 5,495 tons of sand, 132,368 gallons of calcium chloride and more than 863,189 gallons of salt brine.
Traffic began flowing again Thursday afternoon on the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston. It had been closed 43 hours – since Tuesday night – because of icy conditions.
Despite all the road treatments and other precautions, the state Department of Public Safety says the Highway Patrol answered 3,536 calls for service, including 1,799 collisions, 368 abandoned vehicles, and 853 motorist assists.
But Highway Patrol Lieutenant Kelly Hughes says it could have been much worse.
”There were a lot of people that heeded our message of staying at home and not traveling unnecessarily. By not having that many vehicles on the roadway, we feel like that greatly reduced our numbers of incidents and collisions,” Hughes says.