UPDATE: Contractor left conflicting speed signs confuse drivers - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

UPDATE: Contractor left conflicting speed signs confuse drivers traveling on I-77 SB

The confusion begins here at mile marker 22 on I-77 southbound. (Source: WIS) The confusion begins here at mile marker 22 on I-77 southbound. (Source: WIS)
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

Here is something that could potentially confuse drivers who travel on I-77 southbound. 

The signs in question come just before the road construction in the southbound lane of I-77 near mile marker 23. The sign on the right side of the road reads 45 mph, while the sign on the left side of the roadway says 55 mph. 

SCDOT Construction Engineer John Burns says the signs were erroneously left in place by a subcontractor. The subcontractor is not is not directly tied to SCDOT, Burns said, but work under the primary contractor for the project who was hired by SCDOT.

The correct speed limit in this stretch of I-77 is 55 mph unless there is a lane closure in a work zone. 

As Burns explained, in this case, there previously was a lane closure in the work zone and the temporary 44 mph sign was put out but accidentally left up when the work was completed. 

He says this has been an issue for the last few days and they will be working to do daily checks to make sure this doesn't happen again.

As far as a speeding ticket in the area, Burns says highway patrol is aware of the laws and believes if disputed, any ticket given out in that zone would almost certainly be dropped. He says SCDOT is in constant contact with highway patrol about these issues. 

Advice to drivers? Report the speed limit issues to SCDOT.

Copyright 2017 WIS. All rights reserved. 

  • South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>>

  • Young, joyful France beats Croatia 4-2 to win 2nd World Cup

    Young, joyful France beats Croatia 4-2 to win 2nd World Cup

    Sunday, July 15 2018 1:03 PM EDT2018-07-15 17:03:26 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 2:51 AM EDT2018-07-16 06:51:02 GMT
    (AP Photo/Martin Meissner). France's Kylian Mbappe, front, celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018.(AP Photo/Martin Meissner). France's Kylian Mbappe, front, celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018.
    France won its second World Cup title by beating Croatia 4-2 in a match briefly interrupted by an on-field protest that Russian punk band Pussy Riot later took credit for.More >>
    France won its second World Cup title by beating Croatia 4-2 in a match briefly interrupted by an on-field protest that Russian punk band Pussy Riot later took credit for.More >>
  • Paraglider charged in Trump resort flight; Finns demonstrate

    Paraglider charged in Trump resort flight; Finns demonstrate

    Sunday, July 15 2018 7:37 AM EDT2018-07-15 11:37:37 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 2:41 AM EDT2018-07-16 06:41:43 GMT
    ( John Linton/PA via AP). In this Friday, July 13, 2018 photo, a Greenpeace protester flying a microlight passes over US President's Donald Trump's resort in Turnberry, South Ayrshire, Scotland with a banner reading "Trump: Well Below Par", shortly aft...( John Linton/PA via AP). In this Friday, July 13, 2018 photo, a Greenpeace protester flying a microlight passes over US President's Donald Trump's resort in Turnberry, South Ayrshire, Scotland with a banner reading "Trump: Well Below Par", shortly aft...

    Scottish police say they have arrested a man in connection with a Greenpeace protest that breached a no-fly security zone and flew a banner close to the golf resort where President Donald Trump was staying.

    More >>

    Scottish police say they have arrested a man in connection with a Greenpeace protest that breached a no-fly security zone and flew a banner close to the golf resort where President Donald Trump was staying.

    More >>
  • Deadly fire shuts down key route to Yosemite National Park

    Deadly fire shuts down key route to Yosemite National Park

    Sunday, July 15 2018 2:04 PM EDT2018-07-15 18:04:23 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 2:40 AM EDT2018-07-16 06:40:51 GMT
    (Andrew Kuhn /The Merced Sun-Star via AP). Crews battle the Ferguson Fire along steep terrain behind the Redbud Lodge along Highway 140 near El Portal in Mariposa County, Calif., on Saturday, July 14, 2018.(Andrew Kuhn /The Merced Sun-Star via AP). Crews battle the Ferguson Fire along steep terrain behind the Redbud Lodge along Highway 140 near El Portal in Mariposa County, Calif., on Saturday, July 14, 2018.

    A wildfire that killed a California firefighter has grown quickly and forced the closure of a key route into Yosemite National Park.

    More >>

    A wildfire that killed a California firefighter has grown quickly and forced the closure of a key route into Yosemite National Park.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly