COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - SCDOT held a meeting on Thursday at the Columbia Conference Center to talk about the Carolina Crossroads, also known as "Malfunction Junction." This is the area where I-20, I-26 and 126 all converge. SCDOT proposes getting rid of the loops on I-26 and I-20 and replacing them with directional ramps.
"The Carolina Crossroads Project is a major component of the SCDOTs 10-year strategic plan and we are pleased to be able to move this long overdue infrastructure project closer to reality," said Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall. She said that public involvement is crucial at this step in the project development process and the public is encouraged to submit comments.
Comments were submitted through email, mail and online.
"I thought that it gave me a much clearer picture of what the proposals are," resident Janet Glenn said.
The plan also includes the addition of at least one lane in both directions along I-26 and relocate one of the interchanges. Some homes in the area would be in jeopardy because DOT would need to buy nearby properties to make room for expansion.
"I think that by them expanding our roads, widening our roads will bring relief to that traffic," resident Maxine Russell said.
"We've gotten a few positive comments about removing the loops from I-20 and I-26 and we're replacing those with directional ramps. We've also heard good comments about adding the additional lanes on I-26 to help with capacity," Project Manager Brian Klauk said.
SCDOT has completed a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and identified a draft solution to relieve traffic congestion on the corridor.
This draft solution, or Recommended Preferred Alternative, was developed by evaluating the two Reasonable Alternatives presented at the September 2017 public meeting and public feedback following the meeting.
The final analysis of the two Reasonable Alternatives is included in the DEIS, which is available for public review on the project website here. Hard copies of the DEIS will be available for public review until Monday, Sept. 17 at the following locations:
- South Carolina Department of Transportation Headquarters at 955 Park Street, Columbia, SC 29201
- South Carolina Department of Transportation District 1 Office at 1400 Shop Road, Columbia, SC 29201
- Richland Library Operations Center at 130 Lancewood Road, Columbia, SC 29210
- Richland Library St. Andrews at 2916 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29210
- Irmo Branch Library at 6251 St. Andrews Road, Columbia, SC 29212
- Richland Library Ballentine at 1200 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo, SC 29063
The public will have until Monday, September 17, 2018, to submit comments. Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to view the DEIS and Public Hearing materials online and submit comments through Monday, Sept.17, 2018, by clicking here. Comments may also be emailed here, recorded via the Project Hotline number at 800-601-8715, or mailed to:
Carolina Crossroads Corridor Improvement Project
C/O South Carolina Department of Transportation
Mega Projects Division, Room 122
PO Box 191
Columbia, SC 29202-0191