SCDOT plans removal of the I-26 lane reversal

Credit: WCBD/Evan West

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) — The South Carolina Department of Transportation, South Carolina Department of Public Safety, SLED, Department of Natural Resources, and the National Guard plan to remove the lane reversal on I-26 Friday morning.

The process for returning I-26 to normal operations on October 7 will begin by law enforcement stopping traffic from entering the reversed lanes at I-526 in Charleston.

DPS will then begin the process of removing traffic control points on I-26 EB from Charleston to Columbia. Once the traffic control points have been removed and a final check has been performed, all lanes will return to normal operations. This process could take three hours or more.

Westbound I-26 will remain open during this operation, except for intermittent closures.

While SCDOT didn’t release an exact time, Governor Nikki Haley said in a news conference Thursday, October 6 that the reverse reversal could take place at around 12 noon.

All motorists evacuating the coastal area are strongly encouraged to leave prior to the times as SCDOT, DPS, SLED, DNR, and National Guard personnel will be returning to their office quarters until the storm has passed.

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