AASHTO Journal

SCDOT Warns Drivers of Southbound I-95 Lane Closures in Florence County

The South Carolina Department of Transportation is warning motorists along a stretch of southbound Interstate 95 that lane closings for a preservation project could produce such delays that they may need to take alternate routes around the construction.

The SCDOT said the project has been under way since October on a 21-mile section of I-95 from mile marker 192 near Dillon to mile marker 171 near Florence.

sc-inside.jpgI-95 is a heavily traveled highway for both commercial trucks and passenger car traffic all along the East Coast region, so any extensive lane closures can swell congestion if drivers do not plan ahead for other route options.

On March 19 the agency said its project contractor was "working near southbound mile marker 190 up to mile marker 172 along with working at Exit 160 Ramps in Florence County. The work will continue to progress south into Florence County and includes concrete patching, diamond grinding, joint sealing and pavement markings."

The notice said that 24-hour lane closures are expected for southbound lanes from Mondays at 7 p.m. until Thursdays at 10 a.m., while from 10 a.m. on Thursdays until 7 p.m. on Mondays, only nighttime closures are permitted. 

"For motorists traveling southbound, alternate routes include US 301/76 or SC 34," it said. "Motorists are encouraged to use the alternate routes to avoid delays if there are noticeable traffic backups and if message boards request the use of an alternate route."

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