SCDOT schedules community meeting on ‘Malfunction Junction’ improvements

( Officials with the South Carolina Department of Transportation will soon gather public input on the process to improve the intersection of Interstates 20 and 26, commonly referred to as “Malfunction Junction.”

A community meeting on the Carolina Crossroads I-20/26/126 Corridor Project will take place May 12 at Seven Oaks Elementary School on Ashland Road. People can drop in any time from 5 to 7 p.m., and formal presentations are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

SCDOT officials are working with the Federal Highway Administration to develop an Environmental Impact Statement to determine the best possible solutions to the congestion, traffic flow and safety of the I-20/26/126 corridor. The area encompasses I‑20 from the Saluda River to the Broad River, I‑26 from U.S. Highway 378 to Broad River Road and I‑126 from Colonial Life Boulevard to I‑26.

SCDOT officials are seeking public input on potential alternatives. The first phase of the Carolina Crossroads project includes “surveys and mapping, (community meetings), agency coordination, development of purpose and need, data collection and traffic analysis, and screening of a comprehensive list of potential alternatives,” according to a statement from SCDOT. Officials said this phase will take approximately 36 months but that the entire project could take 10 years to complete.

People with disabilities who might require special accommodations at the community meeting should contact Heather Robbins at (803) 737-1399. More information is available at the project website.

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