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Winter storm debris continues to cause problems for drivers

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SCDOT worker Randy Hughes clears fallen trees from the shoulder of I-26. SCDOT worker Randy Hughes clears fallen trees from the shoulder of I-26.
Tree limbs left behind from the winter storm are still causing problems along I-26. Tree limbs left behind from the winter storm are still causing problems along I-26.

By: Lauren Laubach

Cleanup crews continue to clear the broken limbs and fallen trees along I-26 and I-95 weeks after a winter storm ravaged South Carolina. The debris and downed trees are causing traffic problems for drivers.

South Carolina Department of Transportation workers have been working to clear the debris for over two weeks now.

SCDOT worker Randy Hughes says he's been out working with a chainsaw to clear the debris every day since the storm hit.

"We are cutting back until we get the machines in to clean everything up and just make sure the emergency lane is clear in case anybody needs to get off the road," Hughes said.

SCDOT officials say they are doing all they can do keep traffic flowing while they work to clear the mess.

"We met this morning and are revising our traffic control plan. We are going to try and do most work with just a shoulder closed during the weekend, so hopefully that will reduce traffic issues," SCDOT maintenance engineer David Cook said.

SCDOT officials say there are still weeks to go before the cleanup job will be finished.

"Certainly we would like to ask the public to try and be patient. I know it's an inconvenience, but we want to make sure we keep everything safe out there for our workers and the public," Cook said.

SCDOT leaders say no counties are receiving federal money to maintain the roads at this time. They plan to reimburse any counties who have had to invest in the cleanup.


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