Published Sept. 10, 2015
The South Carolina Department of Transportation plans to hold public meeting tonight at Seven Oaks Elementary School for its Carolina Crossroads I-20/26/126 Corridor Project.
People many attend the meeting anytime between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. A formal presentation will be given at 5:30 p.m.
Maps showing the project area and a schedule will be available for public review and the project team will be available to discuss the project process. Parking is available on the south entrance of the school, located at 2800 Ashland Road. Additional parking will be available across the street at the Columbia Crossroads Church, 2723 Ashland Road.
For those unable to attend the meeting, an online version of the meeting will be available between Aug. 27, 2015 and Sept. 25, 2015 on the project website.
The I-20, I-26 and I-126 corridor, also known as “Malfunction Junction,” is regarded as the crossroads of the South Carolina economy and serves as the major hub for the Midlands' commuters, travelers and commerce.
In addition to being a main route in and out of Columbia, I-26 is a thoroughfare for travelers headed to the coast and mountains for recreation and a major cargo route between Lowcountry ports and Upstate manufacturers.
A SCDOT study in 2014 found that an average of 134,000 vehicles daily flow through the interchanges.
SCDOT, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), has initiated the development of an Environmental Impact Statement to address the existing and anticipated traffic volumes on I-20/26/126.
“This part of the project is an open process involving the public and federal, state, and local agencies to help identify the major and important issues for consideration as the EIS is developed,” SCDOT said.
The focus of tonight’s meeting will be to gather public comment to develop a purpose and need for the statement.