Lexington, SC - The S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announced Monday the start of an Interstate Pavement Preservation Project in Richland and Lexington Counties. The project begins on I-20 at milepost 60.6 or the end of the I-20 Widening Project and will continue through mile post 70.0 or .25 miles east of Fairfield Road. The purpose of this project is to rehabilitate and maintain a safe pavement surface for commuters and the traveling public.
The $6.5 million contract was awarded to C. R. Jackson Inc., who has proposed an aggressive work schedule. Work is scheduled to begin on July 12, 2020 and all resurfacing is estimated to be substantially completed by December 2020. Of course, a great deal of this is contingent upon the weather.
While this project falls in the I-20 and I-26 corridor, it is not part of the Carolina Crossroad Project and does not indicate the start of the Carolina Crossroads project. Procurement for construction Phase 1 of Carolina Crossroads began on April 1, and procurement of construction of Phase 2 will start on July 15. This necessary pavement preservation project will maintain a safe interstate pavement system from the time of completion to the point when Phases 2 and 3 of Carolina Crossroads are constructed. Learn more about the phased construction approach for Carolina Crossroads at http://www.scdotcarolinacrossroads.com/phasing.html.
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 ride ability. 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.
The SCDOT’s release says 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. The SCDOT’s “Let ‘em Work. Let ‘em Live,” campaign is about just that, the safety of people who are trying to work to take care of their families. Law enforcement normally aggressively enforces speed and other safety laws in these areas to ensure that drivers are doing their best to make the work zone safe for themselves, other motorists, and the work crews.
Motorists can use SCDOT’s 511 Traveler system (http://www.511sc.org/) for updates to help make travel decisions. For more information concerning this project, the public may contact Resident Construction Engineer Jeremy Yuhas at 803-796-9540 or YuhasJD@scdot.org.