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Overhaul of I-20/I-26 Malfunction Junction to be Studied

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South Carolina DOT Planning Director Mark Lester says the DOT is reviewing alternatives to make Malfunction Junction safer South Carolina DOT Planning Director Mark Lester says the DOT is reviewing alternatives to make Malfunction Junction safer

It might take 5 years, and will be expensive, but Malfunction Junction could be getting a facelift.

The highway intersection where I-20 and I-26 north of Columbia, has long been considered one of the most dangerous and congested interstate intersections in South Carolina could be getting a facelift.  The outdated cloverleaf design is overloaded with today's traffic volume.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation approved $8 million to do a study of the best way of improving the outdated intersection.

"We've gotten a very wide range of input and will use that input to prepare our alternatives". "Then we'll take those alternatives back to the public", says Planning and Environment director Mark Lester.

The total cost is projected to cost over $400 million of state and federal money.  The project will remain in the planning phase until the money is available, something highway department officials say is still years away.

 

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