COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - For years, tens of thousands of Midlands commuters have been hoping for some kind of fix to the now infamous intersection of interstates known as "Malfunction Junction."
The preliminary steps needed to make that happen are now in progress as the South Carolina Department of Transportation with the Federal Highway Administration develop an Environmental Impact Statement of the corridor, which was originally designed in the 1950s.
The project, which has been dubbed "Carolina Crossroads," will encompass portions of Interstates 26, 20 and 126 northwest of Columbia. Its goal is to reduce congestion, increase safety and increase capacity in the area.
From now until the end of 2015, project team members will be canvassing the area around the roadways looking at possible impacts to wetlands, streams, neighborhoods and businesses, and collecting information on current conditions in and around the corridor.
The first of a series of community impact meetings will take place this week on May 12 from 5-7 p.m. at Seven Oaks Elementary School at 2800 Ashland Road in Columbia.
"We really want to get people's comments on how they interact with the corridor," SCDOT Program Manager Brian Klauk said. "What's been their experience."
The meeting will include two formal presentations, one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 6:30 p.m. Maps showing the project area and a schedule will be available for public review. The project team will be available to discuss the project process.
ACT 98 of 2013 provided up to $10 million for the environmental analysis and preliminary engineering work that has begun.
The environmental study and preliminary engineering will take approximately 3-5 years to complete. Construction of the project has not been funded.
For more information on the project and to submit a comment, visit http://www.scdotcarolinacrossroads.com/.
You can also leave a message on the Project Hotline Number at 1-800-601- 8715 or email: info@CarolinaCrossroadsSCDOT.com.
Written comments can be mailed to:
Carolina Crossroads I-20/26/126 Corridor Project C/O Brian Klauk, P.E.
Midlands Regional Production Group
P.O. Box 191
Columbia, SC 29202