Southbound traffic on I-95 will be intermittently stopped Thursday night and Friday morning for bridge construction just south of Lake Marion, according to an S.C. Department of Transportation news release.
DOT is reconstructing the U.S. 301/I-95 interchange at mile marker 96.7, the release said. Traffic is being stopped for the safety of motorists while girders nearly 100 feet long and weighing 40 tons are placed on the bridge.
Weather permitting, the right lane of I-95 southbound will be closed for about 1 mile starting at mile marker 97.5 at 7 p.m. This will allow for placement of message signs to advise of pending traffic delays.
After 7:30 p.m., two S.C. Highway Patrol vehicles will pace traffic to a stop just outside the construction zone while the girders are placed. Traffic will resume once a girder is placed. It takes about 12 to 15 minutes to place a girder and 11 girders are being placed Wednesday and Thursday.
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Work will end at 7 a.m.
DOT advises motorists to use caution in the work zone and to plan for stoppages.
DOT started construction the interchange in fall 2014. The project is expected to be finished in late 2015.
For more information, contact DOT district 7 construction engineer Jim Porth at 803-531-6850.