Fixing “Malfunction Junction”: Work to Start on SC’s Largest Infrastructure Challenge

South Carolina’s “Malfunction Junction” will finally earn the identify of “Carolina Crossroads” as work is scheduled to start this month on untangling the congested, harmful interchange at I-20, I-26 and I-126 in Columbia.

The reconstruction – South Carolina’s largest infrastructure undertaking in its historical past – is estimated to value $1.7 billion and take eight years to finish. Gov. Henry McMaster and different dignitaries attended a groundbreaking Monday, and the SCDOT says work will start in two weeks.

The work includes widening 14 miles of interstate freeway in 5 phases. A three way partnership of Archer Western and United Infrastructure gained the $210 million contract for the primary section. It’ll embrace reconfiguring the Colonial Life Boulevard interchange on I-126, as effectively as enhancements on I-26 towards U.S. 378.

Archer-United additionally gained the $127 million contract for the second section, which is able to replace the Broad River Street interchange at I-20 and lengthen the I-20 westbound entry to I-26 West. Each phases are anticipated to be accomplished by the top of 2024. The remaining three phases haven’t but been awarded. 

The rebirth of “Malfunction Junction” into Carolina Crossroads will happen in 5 phases.SCDOTTogether with widening 14 miles of interstate, your entire undertaking includes constructing 43 new bridges and 132 new lane miles; reconstructing seven interchanges, together with changing outdated cloverleaf loops with trendy ramps; and creating safer interchange exits which can be farther aside and separated from different interstate site visitors, in accordance with SCDOT. The undertaking is funded 90% federal and 10% state. 

The three-interstate interchange is traveled by greater than 134,000 autos every day, SCDOT says, inflicting greater than 112 hours of site visitors delays annually attributable to congestion.

The roadways are outdated, constructed within the 1950s and 1960s with the final updates within the 1970s and 1980s, in accordance with SCDOT. The area can also be anticipated to see a 70% inhabitants enhance by 2024, inflicting much more site visitors congestion. The company says the interchange sees the next crash charge than different freeway-to-freeway programs within the state.