Interstate 26 construction to begin in North Charleston

Traveling through the Charleston area anytime in the next two to three years? Watch for a show as the Interstate 26 widening and reconstruction kicks off:

Get ready for a lot of orange barrels, concrete barriers and lane shifts on your interstate commute for the next three years.

Widening Interstate 26 to eight lanes from the Mark Clark Expressway to Ashley Phosphate Road in North Charleston is about to start.

The widening "will be the most radical transformation of an interstate in the Lowcountry that anyone has ever seen," said Earl Capps of the U.S. Group Inc., which won the construction contract for the $66 million project.

The 2.9-mile project will include nearly a complete makeover of both the Aviation Avenue and Remount Road interchanges with new on- and off-ramps and collector lanes beneath the bridges.

- Charleston Post and Courier (July 13, 2008)

If you're traveling through this area, there are some things you'll need to keep in mind:
  • Lane closures will only take place at night,
  • 45 m.p.h. work zone speed limits with lots of cops,
  • Periodic lane shifts can be expected throughout the project on I26, along with Aviation and Remount Roads.
If you'd like to know more about the project, you'll want to check out - a website about the projefct which is run by yours truly.

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