SCDOT readies for property acquisitions for ‘Malfunction Junction’ repair in Columbia

This map by the SCDOT outlines the development phases for the Carolina Crossroads undertaking.

The S.C. Division of Transportation is getting ready to start right-of-way acquisition for the $1.5 billion undertaking to reconstruct the interchange of Interstates 20, 26 and 126 in Columbia, dubbed “Malfunction Junction.”

The SCDOT has labeled the undertaking, known as Carolina Crossroads, its prime interstate precedence. The fitting-of-way acquisitions entails 300 parcels and are anticipated to be accomplished this summer season for phases 1 and a pair of of the five-phase undertaking. Building on these phases is ready to start subsequent yr. The complete undertaking is scheduled to be accomplished in 2029.

The undertaking obtained key federal approval in Might. It consists of 14 interstate miles, 12 interchanges and spans on I-20 from west of the Saluda River crossing to the Broad River; I-26 from Broad River Highway to US-378; and I-126 from I-26 to east of Colonial Life Boulevard.

The interchange space’s roadways are outdated, constructed within the 1950s and 1960s with the final updates within the 1970s and 1980s, in keeping with SCDOT. The realm can also be anticipated to see a 70 % enhance by 2024, inflicting much more visitors congestion. The company additionally says the interchange sees the next crash fee than different freeway-to-freeway methods within the state.