SCDOT gears up for largest infrastructure project in SC history

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The South Carolina Department of Transportation is preparing for the departments largest infrastructure project in the state’s history. 

The department held a public input meeting Thursday to hear from neighbors who live in the area of the proposed I-26 corridor project and drivers who travel the road.

It’s called “Malfunction Junction.” More than 130,000 cars travel the stretch of road along I-26 just outside of Irmo each day, causing numerous safety concerns and traffic backups. So the SCDOT wants to rework the area.

The “Carolina Crossroads” project would add more lanes in each direction of I-26 to relieve traffic congestion where I-20 West and East meet I-26 East. 

Safety concerns are some of the reasons the department is planning this project. The current layout of the roadway leaves room for many accidents. 

“There are a number of places along the corridor that have places where ramps exit and enter very close together and one of our plans is to eliminate that,” explained SCDOT project manager. 

During the input meeting on Thursday, the public had the chance to speak directly with SCDOT representatives and see interactive maps and layouts of the proposed project. 

The department says the project will cost $1.5 billion, but it’s fully funded by federal and state funds. 

You have until September 17 to submit your concerns and suggestions to SCDOT. You can find more information on the project HERE. 
 

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