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June 25
New Lanes to Open along I-20 Widening Project in NE Richland County

From 4 to 6 lanes in less than 21 months

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announces a major milestone in the Interstate 20 widening project in Northeast Richland County with the opening of new traffic lanes on June 26 and June 27.

By 7 a.m. Thursday, June 26, three lanes of traffic will be flowing eastbound along the 6-mile widening project. By 6 a.m. Friday, June 27, three lanes will be open westbound along the project route. These deadlines are based on no weather delays.

"This is great news for motorists who use one of the busiest sections of interstate highway in the Midlands," said South Carolina Secretary of Transportation Janet P. Oakley. "Original estimates to get where we are now were up to three years, and here we are with six lanes of traffic open in less than 21 months after construction began. SCDOT would like to thank the public for its patience during this project."

Work on the project will continue throughout the summer and nighttime lane closures will be required periodically. Final tasks include asphalt paving, grinding the concrete roadway, guardrail work, and removal of the temporary barrier wall.

The I-20 widening project is from I-77 to just east of Spears Creek Church Road (Exit 82) in northeast Richland County. The project consists of widening and reconstruction of approximately 6 miles of the 4-lane concrete pavement to 6 lanes, installation of noise barrier walls, widening of the westbound bridge over Alpine Road and replacement of the eastbound bridge over Alpine Road.

For more information concerning this project, the public may contact SCDOT District Construction Engineer Robbie Isgett at (803) 737-6660.

A high-resolution photo of Secretary of Transportation Janet P. Oakley is available at: http://www.scdot-transfer.org/SCDOTPhotos/OakleyJanetP.jpg

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