Gov. McMaster discusses progress of I-26 widening project

SCDOT's I-26 widening project will expand the roadway to six lanes.
SCDOT's I-26 widening project will expand the roadway to six lanes.(Mary Green)
Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 10:15 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2022 at 11:20 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The I-26 widening project is underway in the Midlands. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster spoke Wednesday morning about the progress of the estimated $512 million construction.

The project will widen 16 miles of the highway between Newberry, Lexington, and Richland Counties. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2024. The work will widen the roadway from four lanes to six lanes between the Little Mountain and Peak exits and from four lanes to eight lanes between the Peak and Irmo exits.

SCDOT said this will help address areas of known traffic congestion between Columbia and Newberry. Organizers said it is around 57% complete.

In addition to widening the road, it will also make 7 new overpass bridges at Koon Rd, Shady Grove Rd, and Mt. Vernon Church Rd. Parr Rd, Peak St, Old Hilton rd, and Holy Trinity Church Rd. Three interchanges will also be reconstructed, Exit 85 at Little Mountain, Exit 91 at Chapin, and Exit 97 at Peak.

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