Vacation traffic may be affected by work on I-26

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If you are planning a trip to Columbia, or possibly the beach for July 4th, be aware that travel on I-26 will be affected over the next two weekends by repairs being made on a section of the interstate where a multi-vehicle crash occurred on the morning of May 27.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has awarded a contract in the amount of $641,701to CR Jackson, Inc. to begin repairs on the section in Richland County damaged by the crash and a resulting fire.

The crash involved a fuel tanker which caused an extensive fire at mile point 105.6, damaging the barrier walls and roadway. The damaged area is located between the Piney Grove Road and St. Andrews Road exits, approximately one mile west of the I-20 interchange.

Motorists should take note of the following measures that will be required to replace the damaged barrier wall:

· The inside travel lane in each direction of I-26 around mile point 105.6 will be closed at 8:00 p.m., Friday night June 19, and will remain closed until 6:00 a.m. Monday, June 22.

· Motorists should expect the same lane closures during the same time periods on the weekends of June 26-29.

· Additional nighttime lane closures can be expected through June 29.

SCDOT advises motorists to use alternate routes if possible and expect delays in traveling through the project area. SCDOT urges motorists to use caution and obey the speed limits posted in the work zone for their own safety and the safety of the workers.

Information is available on SCDOT’s 511 Traveler Service: www.511sc.org.