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Current Updates

I-26 Eastbound Traffic Shift Added April 2022

SCDOT announces an I-26 Eastbound traffic shift starting May 16, 2022, weather permitting. The traffic shift will begin just west of Exit 85 and end just west of Exit 91. The traffic shift will maintain both travel lanes. Both lanes will be shifted to accommodate the construction work zone. Traffic shifts will occur throughout the project area until major project construction completion in 2024. SCDOT reminds the public to use caution when driving through work zones.

Exit 85/SC-202 Overpass Bridge Reopened Added December 2021

The Exit 85/SC-202 overpass bridge construction is complete, and the bridge is now open to the public. This bridge was reconstructed as a part of SCDOT’s Midlands Connection project. Motorists are advised that work will continue along the SC-202 roadway to complete utility relocations and final paving. Temporary pavement markings are in place to guide motorists through the work zone until the final paving is complete.

Peak Street Overpass Bridge Reopened Added October 2021

The Peak Street overpass bridge construction is complete and the bridge is now open to the public. This bridge was reconstructed as a part of SCDOT’s Midlands Connection project.

Columbia Avenue Bridge at Exit 91 Construction Added September 2021

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announces the start of construction on a new bridge to replace the current Columbia Avenue Bridge over Interstate 26 at Exit 91. Work is anticipated to begin in late September or early October, initially with foundation work in the median, ramp work, and clearing and grubbing.

The new bridge will be constructed on a separate alignment from the existing bridge. This will allow the existing bridge to remain operational until the new bridge is completed. Once the new bridge is open, the existing structure will be demolished. The ramps to the Exit 91 interchange will remain open during construction except for some long weekend closures for pavement tie-ins. Exit 91 ramp tie-in weekend closures will begin after Spring of 2022. Advance notice of these weekend closures and related detour routes will be provided to the public and media.

The new bridge is scheduled to be completed in October 2022. Interchange work will continue until Fall 2023. To view preliminary design plans for Exit 91, please visit on our project website on the resources page at https://scdotmidlandsconnection.com/resources/.

Traffic shifts will occur throughout the project area until major project construction completion in late 2023. SCDOT reminds the public to use caution when driving through work zones.

I-26 Westbound Traffic Shift Added June 2021

SCDOT announces an I-26 Westbound traffic shift starting June 30, 2021, weather permitting. The traffic shift will begin just after the Holy Trinity Church Road overpass bridge and end at Exit 85 (SC-202). This traffic shift will maintain both travel lanes. Both lanes will be shifted to the right onto temporary asphalt pavement to accommodate the construction work on the median. SCDOT reminds the public to use caution when driving through work zones.

I-26 Traffic Shifts Added November 2020

SCDOT announces an I-26 Eastbound traffic shift starting November 8, 2020 and an I-26 Westbound traffic shift starting December 9, 2020, weather permitting. The traffic shifts will begin just west of Exit 101 and end just west of Exit 97. This traffic shifts will maintain both travel lanes. Both lanes will be shifted to accommodate the construction work zone. Traffic shifts will occur throughout the project area until major project construction completion in late 2023. SCDOT reminds the public to use caution when driving through work zones.

I-26 Night-Time Lane Closures Added October 2020

SCDOT announces night time lane closures on I-26 Eastbound and Westbound from mile marker 85 to mile marker 101. Lane closures will occur between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. on weekdays and between 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. on weekends. The lane closures will last throughout the construction duration for the project. Closures will be dependent on weather. SCDOT reminds the public to please use caution while driving through work zones.

60mph Speed Limit Added October 2020

SCDOT announces a 60mph speed limit on I-26 from mile-marker 101 to mile-marker 91. The speed limit will begin on November 4, 2020 and last for the duration of Midlands Connection project construction. Midlands Connection is a part of SCDOT Strategic 10-Year Plan. SCDOT reminds the public to please use caution while driving through work zones.

Oversized Vehicle Notice Added Summer 2020

Oversize Vehicle Notice: Due to Midlands Connection project construction, the overall roadway narrows down to 27' in several locations within the project limits between exit 85 and exit 101. The roadway consists of two 11' lanes and two 2’ to 3’ shoulders in these areas. SCDOT reminds drivers to use caution when traveling through work zone.

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