The South Carolina Department of Transportation
(SCDOT) announces the awarding of a contract with Conti Enterprises, Inc. to construct the new interchange on I-26 that will provide
convenient interstate access for the new $500 million Volvo plant under
construction in Berkeley County.
The $44 million interchange will connect I-26 to the
new Volvo Car Drive which leads to Camp Hall Commerce Park and the Volvo
manufacturing plant. The new interchange will be located approximately at mile
marker 189, between the Ridgeville Road exit (187) and the Jedburg Road exit
Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall said the
interchange project is a prime example of how transportation supports economic
development in the state. “Volvo recognized South Carolina’s favorable business
climate in selecting this location which includes an existing interstate
highway and proximity to the Port of Charleston. The construction of this
interchange is an important step in providing an interconnected system for driving
the state’s economic engine” said Hall.
SCDOT Commissioner Robby Robbins, who represents the
1st Congressional District is ready to get the road work underway. “SCDOT
is excited to assist the SC Department of Commerce in delivering this project
to meet Volvo’s and their suppliers needs when the plant opens. We appreciate the great partnerships we have
at the state and local level, which are essential to making a project like this
successful” said Robbins.
The interchange is being delivered in an accelerated
fashion by utilizing the innovative design-build approach. Conti Enterprises, Inc. and their lead design
firm Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson. (JMT) will
finalize the design details of the project over the next several months and
begin construction as soon as possible. Completion
of the interchange is expected in late winter/early spring of 2019.
rendering of the completed project is available in this link: http://www.scdot-transfer.org/SCDOTphotos/I26VolvoRendering.pdf