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Current Updates

60mph Speed Limit Added October 2020

SCDOT announces a 60mph speed limit on I-26 from mile-marker 101 to mile-marker 85. 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.

US-176 Overpass Bridge Traffic Shift Added October 2022

SCDOT announces a traffic shift starting November 22, 2022, weather permitting. Traffic will be shifted onto the newly constructed overpass bridge. Traffic in each direction will continue to use the existing ramps for access to the interstate. 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 Segment 3 Traffic Shift Added October 2022

SCDOT announces an I-26 Eastbound traffic shift starting November 5, 2022, weather permitting. The traffic shift will begin near Mile Marker 83 and end near Mile Marker 91 before the Chapin Exit. Both eastbound travel lanes will be shifted to the right onto the newly constructed concrete pavement. 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 September 2022

SCDOT announces an I-26 Eastbound traffic shift starting October 9, 2022, weather permitting. The traffic shift will begin near Mile Marker 97, just west of Broad River Road, and end near Mile Marker 100, just east of the Koon Road bridge construction. Both travel lanes will be maintained and shifted to the right onto temporary asphalt pavement to accommodate the construction work in 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 91 EB Exit Ramp New Temporary Alignment Added September 2022

SCDOT announces the opening of the new temporary alignment for the I-26 Eastbound exit ramp for Exit 91 (Columbia Ave) on November 5, 2022. All traffic will be moved to this new temporary alignment and the old eastbound exit ramp will be closed. The entrance off I-26 Eastbound to the temporary exit ramp will be approximately 500 feet prior to the existing closed exit ramp. The temporary ramp will tie into Columbia Ave near Zaxby’s and Bojangles, where traffic will be able to turn left or right. The temporary exit ramp, as well as the closed exit ramp, are shown in the map graphic below.

Ramp Closure locations

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.

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.

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 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.

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