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I-26/I-126 pavement preservation in Richland & Lexington Counties

Lexington, SC - The S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announces the start of this Interstate Pavement Preservation Project in Richland and Lexington Counties. The project begins on I-126 from MP 0.0 (Huger Street and Elmwood Avenue) to MP 3.6 (I-26), and on I-26 from MP 100.8 (Saluda River) to MP 107.7 (Broad River Road). The purpose of this project is to rehabilitate and maintain a safe pavement surface for commuters and the traveling public.

The $21 million contract was awarded to Lane Construction, who has proposed an aggressive work schedule. Work is scheduled to begin in March 18, 2018 (weather dependent) and is estimated to be substantially completed by December 2018.

While this project falls in the I-26 and I-126 corridor, it does not indicate the start of the Carolina Crossroads project. This necessary pavement preservation project will maintain a safe interstate system from the time of completion to the point when a contractor takes the Carolina Crossroads project to construction. SCDOT intends to award a design-build contract for the Carolina Crossroads project in December 2019.

During the interstate preservation work, the surface of the Eastbound and Westbound lanes will be removed by milling and then they will be resurfaced with Hot Mix Asphalt to improve rideability. No additional lanes or ramps will be constructed. Traffic will be staged utilizing temporary traffic control devices to separate the work zone from interstate traffic.

NOTE: All travel lanes will remain open during daytime hours to minimize impacts to motorists. Any ramp closures needed for construction will be performed at night, when the volume of traffic is reduced.

Drivers traveling through the work zone are asked to be aware of equipment and crews working adjacent to traffic at all times. “Let ‘em Work. Let ‘em Live.”

Motorists can use SCDOT’s 511 Traveler system ( for updates to help make travel decisions. For more information concerning this project, the public may contact Resident Construction Engineer Jim Cravens at (803) 995-8943 or

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