The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announces that the safety project on I-26 in Berkeley and Dorchester Counties reached "Substantial Completion" on Sept. 17, 2015.
The project consisted of clearing and grubbing trees and other vegetation, flattening of earth slopes, seeding, installing raised pavement markers and erecting guardrail and cable rail at various locations between the I-26/I-95 Interchange and Exit 199 in Summerville.
The goal of the 12.5 miles of improvements along this stretch of the I-26 median is to reduce the number of fatalities from vehicles colliding with trees. A review of the crash data from January 2007 thru November 2011 found that this section of 1-26 experienced nearly 2,000 crashes resulting in 44 fatalities and over 700 injuries. Nearly 50 percent of the crashes along this corridor involved vehicles leaving the roadway, with 3 out of every 4 deaths resulting from those vehicles striking trees located in the median.
The construction cost of the project was approximately $5.6 million. The contractor, Cherokee Inc. will continue to have a small presence on the project site for cleanup and monitoring erosion control devices.
A photo of one location in the project area is available at this link: http://www.scdot-transfer.org/SCDOTPhotos/cablegrass.jpg
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