Drivers eastbound on I-20 will see traffic shift this week amid construction

acoyne@thestate.comJuly 8, 2013 

— Northeast Richland commuters take note.

Six miles of the 11-mile stretch of Interstate 20 currently under construction will undergo a traffic shift later this week, the S.C. Department of Transportation announced Monday. Traffic will shift to two inside lanes, separated by a concrete barrier that will allow crews to work 24 hours a day, SCDOT District 1 engineer Bryan Jones said.

The shift will begin Friday between mile markers 77 and 83 – including the busy Clemson Road interchange. It will allow the removal and reconstruction of existing eastbound concrete lanes and the replacement of the eastbound bridge over Alpine Road. The right lane will have access to all exits. The left lane will not have access to the Clemson Road exit, but will have access to the Spears Creek Road exit, the release said.

Despite construction occurring on the road since October, Jones said he hasn’t noticed an increase in congestion on the already busy interstate.

“A lot of traffic has gone to alternate routes, so, if anything, it (the construction) has balanced it out,” Jones said.

The shift may temporarily cause additional congestion as drivers adjust to the split in the road, Jones said. Wide loads of 13 feet or more will have to take alternate routes once the shift is made; with the barriers, they won’t fit, he said.

The traffic shift will last for three or four months, followed by a similar traffic shift on the westbound side of I-20.

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