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James Ballentine Road Closure Added August 2022

SCDOT announces a 48-hour closure of James Ballentine Road off of Koon Road and US-176 in Irmo for drainage pipe installation. The road will be closed on August 17 & 18 and will reopen on August 19, 2022. The detour route will be signed appropriately. SCDOT reminds the public to please use caution while driving through work zones.

Exit 91 Westbound Entrance Ramp Closure Added July 2022

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announces the nighttime closure of the I-26 Westbound Entrance Ramp at Exit 91/Chapin (Columbia Avenue) for girder installation along the Columbia Ave overpass as part of the Midlands Connection Project. This I-26 Westbound Entrance Ramp, which allows drivers traveling along Columbia Ave to access I-26 Westbound will be closed nightly from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. on Monday, August 1 and Thursday, August 4, 2022 (weather permitting).

A detour route has been identified for the closure and is shown in the map and explained below. Detour routes will be appropriately signed to direct traffic in the area. SCDOT remind the public to please use caution while driving through work zones.

Map showing the detour routes

Detour Explanation: Drivers traveling along Columbia Avenue who need to access I-26 Westbound, should use the detour route as follows: drivers traveling along Columbia Avenue should take the I-26 Eastbound Entrance Ramp onto I-26 and travel eastbound along I-26 until they reach Exit 97 (Broad River Rd/ US-176). Drivers should then take the I-26 Exit Ramp at Exit 97 and turn left onto Broad River Road. Drivers should travel along Broad River Road until they reach the I-26 Westbound Entrance Ramp for Exit 97, which will allow them to travel westbound along I-26.

Shift to New Exit 85 (SC-202/Little Mountain) Eastbound On-Ramp Added July 2022

SCDOT announces that traffic will shift to the new alignment for the Exit 85 (SC-202/Little Mountain) eastbound on-ramp on July 31, 2022. This traffic shift will allow for construction activities along the future widened I-26. SCDOT reminds the public to use caution when driving through work zones.

Shift to Final New Exit 85 (SC-202/Little Mountain) Eastbound Exit Ramp Added July 2022

SCDOT announces that traffic will shift to the final alignment of the new Exit 85 (SC-202/Little Mountain) eastbound exit ramp on July 28, 2022. Traffic will shift from the temporary ramp alignment used for traffic in June to the new eastbound exit ramp. SCDOT reminds the public to use caution when driving through work zones.

I-26 Westbound Traffic Shift Added July 2022

SCDOT announces an I-26 Westbound traffic shift starting August 9, 2022, weather permitting. The traffic shift will begin at Mile Marker 101 and end at Mile Marker 99.5 near the Koon Road overpass bridge. Both travel lanes will be maintained and shifted to the right onto temporary asphalt pavement to accommodate the construction work on the median. 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 Eastbound Exit Ramp Added June 2022

SCDOT announces that traffic will shift to the new Exit 85 eastbound exit ramp the week of June 6, 2022. Traffic will shift from the old eastbound exit ramp to the new ramp using a temporary alignment. SCDOT reminds the public to use caution when driving through work zones.

I-26 Westbound Traffic Shift Added June 2022

SCDOT announces an I-26 Westbound traffic shift starting June 23, 2022, weather permitting. The traffic shift will begin at Mile Marker 99.5 near the Koon Road overpass bridge and end at Exit 97 Broad River Road. Both travel lanes will be maintained and shifted to the right onto temporary asphalt pavement to accommodate the construction work on the median. 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.

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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