SCDOT announces lane closures due to I-20 widening project
Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) - The South Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an advisory to the public about ongoing nighttime lane closures on I-20 east. The lane closures are a part of the effort to widen I-20 in the Lexington area.
According to the SCDOT, the eastbound local lanes of I-20 will be closed between mile marker 54 and 60 through the night of Saturday, September 26, 2020. The lane closure will be in affect from 7:00 p.m. each evening until 6:00 a.m. the following morning.
During these periods, all traffic traveling eastbound on I-20 will be directed into the through lanes before Exit 55 at South Lake Drive. Because motorist will be in the through lanes, they will not be able to exit at South Lake Drive (Exit 55) or Augusta Road (Exit 60). The eastbound on ramps at South Lake Drive and Augusta Road will also be closed to traffic.
Motorist traveling east from Aiken and Augusta who wish to exit I-20 to into the Red Bank or Lexington communities should take the Longs Pond Road exit (Exit 54). From there they can travel secondary roads into the Lexington or Red Bank areas. Motorist that wish to access either the Lexington or Oak Grove areas via Augusta Road or Lexington and Red Bank via South Lake Drive will have to proceed down to the Sunset Boulevard exit (Exit 61) to get off the interstate. There, they can use secondary roads to access the communities of their choice or reenter I-20 traveling west to use the Augusta Road or South Lake Drive exits.
According to the SCDOT, these lane closures are a necessary part of the I-20 widening construction project. When completed, I-20 will have four lanes in both directions from Longs Pond Road to the four lanes that already exist close to Sunset Boulevard.