COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – Gov. Henry McMaster held a press conference to discuss future road work for Interstate 26 East off of Exit 129. This is near Lexington County.
He was joined by Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall and state business leaders for a major infrastructure announcement on Thursday.
“We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to make transformative investments in our state that will accelerate the growth of our state’s economy and improve the quality of life for South Carolinians, and I can think of no better place to start than speeding up the process of widening our most vital interstates.”Gov. Henry McMaster
The $360 million investment from the state’s share of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding will accelerate the project by at least 6 years, bringing faster relief to motorists and businesses that rely on this vital stretch of interstate. The road work is contracted to take 3-4 years with some work being held off until the beginning of next year.
According to a press release from governor’s office, the widening project has previously been determined by SCDOT to be a high priority because of the state’s growth and increased traffic on I-26. In just the last decade, statewide traffic has increased by nearly 30% with I-26 between Columbia and Charleston carrying more than 22 million vehicles per year.