SCDOT I-20/26/126 Corridor Improvement Project
We all know how dangerous I-26 can be once you reach Columbia and attempt to navigate the interchanges at I-20 or I-126. As this area is colloquially known as “malfunction junction,” South Carolina is now moving forward to help ease the traffic pain.
The Carolina Crossroads Project will hopefully reduce existing traffic in this area and enhance the mobility of these interchanges. The project will add lanes and build out other junctions to make I-26 more efficient. SCDOT will work with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.
Phases of Construction
Construction is set to begin the Fall of 2021 and SCDOT obtained a permit for 15 years of construction. The project will include five phases to impact a total of seven new interchanges and cloverleaf loops with on and off ramps.
Phase 1 will reconstruct the Colonial Life Boulevard interchange. This phase was scheduled to begin April 2021.
Phase 2 will impact Broad River Road. This phase is scheduled to begin July 2021, is estimated to last 3 years.
Phase 3 includes the interchanges at I-20 and I-26.
Phase 4 impacts Harbison Boulevard Interchange and Frontage Roads.
Phase 5 is a widening of I-26.
Residential Properties: What to Do?
Do you live or own property next to any of the roads which will be part of this project? In order for SCDOT to obtain Right of Ways on your property for the project, a SCDOT ROW agent may approach you to negotiate payment for a portion or all of your property. You may be approached anytime now through 2022. More about the Right of Way process can be found here. Proposed Right of Way Plans can be found here.
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If your property is impacted, you will be entitled to just compensation for the governmental taking your land as well as damages to your remaining property. Hyde Law Firm, P.A. is prepared to help. Hyde Law Firm has handled hundreds of eminent domain cases, and will fight for you to maximize the just compensation you deserve.