I-26 drive from Upstate to Midlands will be slow this week

credit: Matthew Finethy

NEWBERRY CO., SC (WSPA) – If you’re planning on driving from the Upstate to the Midlands this week, it’s going to take a little longer.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation reports the right lane of Eastbound Interstate 26 will be closed beginning at the 81 mile marker.

A two and a half mile stretch of the right lane of the interstate will be closed for eastbound drivers to repair the bridge over the Palmetto Trail west of Crims Creek.

The work is scheduled to begin Sunday at 8:00 p.m. and continue until August 5. Traffic will be reduced to one-lane and the speed limit will be lowered from 70 miles per hour until 45 for the construction zone.

SCDOT expects heavy congestion in that area and suggests drivers use alternate routes by using Eastbound I-26 exits 72, 74 or 76.

Cracking was found during a routine inspection by SCDOT bridge engineers. Nearly 42,000 vehicles use that stretch of Interstate 26 each day.

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