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I-20 resurfacing at the Richland/Lexington County lines will necessitate closure of the I-26 exit ra

St. Andrews, SC (Paul Kirby) - The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announced Tuesday that they will temporarily close the ramp on I-26 West at Exit 107 A. This provides access to I-20 West toward Augusta, Georgia.

This closure, along with a signed detour, is expected to be installed on Wednesday evening, August 12, 2020, and again Thursday evening, August 13, 2020.

The closure is necessary to assist with pavement preservation currently being completed on I-20. With the closure in place, SCDOT and its contractor will more efficiently be able to complete resurfacing of the I-20 westbound lanes at the I-26 interchanges. Hopefully, this will also eliminate potential safety concerns to the traveling public while that work is being done.

This closure and the temporary detour will be in effect each night from 11:00 p.m. until approximately 5:00 a.m. the following morning. During the closure, motorists traveling on I-26 West toward Greenville-Spartanburg will utilize a signed detour to access I-20 West. Detoured motorists will continue on I-26 West to Exit 106 A or the St Andrews Road West exit. They will need to stay in the far-right lane on St. Andrews Road and will immediately be able to merge onto the ramp to I-26 East. From there, motorists will be able to use the ramp on I-26 East at Exit 107 A to access I-20 West toward Augusta.

While this project falls in the I-20 and I-26 corridor, it is not part of the Carolina Crossroads or Malfunction Junction project. It does not indicate the start of the Carolina Crossroads project that will extend from that interchange all the way into Newberry County. 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.

Procurement for construction of Phase 1 of Carolina Crossroads began on April 1, and procurement of construction for Phase 2 began on July 15. Learn more about the phased construction approach for Carolina Crossroads at http://www.scdotcarolinacrossroads.com/phasing.html.

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.” Speed limits are strictly enforced in work zones by the SC Highway Patrol.

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.

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