I-95 Bridge Construction

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In an effort to reduce congestion and reduce car accidents, more than 10,000 vehicles traveling Interstate 95 north daily will be slowed starting today because of repairs to the mile-long Lake Marion bridge. The situation affects the tri-county area because trucks hauling the biggest loads on I-95 north are being re-routed onto Interstate 26 east to the Charleston area, where they will pick up U.S. 52 through Berkeley County and follow a designated detour back to I-95 on the other side of the Lake Marion bridge. Trucks hauling loads wider than 8.5 feet must take the detour. Typically, that means movers of heavy equipment, tractor-trailers hauling mobile homes and the like. State-issued permits for those kinds of loads do not include destinations, so officials have no way of knowing how many trucks will take the detour, said DOT spokesman Pete Poore. I-95 north bound motorists are advised to expect congestion, heavy at times, in the vicinity of the work near the Orangeburg-Clarendon county line especially during peak travel times on weekends.

Car Accidents on I-95

Tractor-trailers are being required to take a detour, but other drivers are just being recommended to do so. This will increase congestion on the dangerous rural roads of South Carolina. Having just earned the dubious distinction of having the deadliest roads, drivers in South Carolina can expect this added complication will result in serious car accidents. One DOT recommend detour includes I-26. The stretch of I-26 from Charleston to Columbia has been named as the deadliest stretch of road in America. Car accidents along I-26 frequently result in death. The lack of guardrails results in drivers striking trees when they run off the road. The rural roads rate of car accidents is largely attributed to the narrow width of SC roads. These are issue that can place liability of the state in the event of a fatal car accident. Once such information is well known, the state has difficult claiming ignorance of a dangerous situation. Ironically, the structural issues of this bridge will force drivers onto more dangerous roads.

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