Lanes to be closed Sept. 25; interstate to be closed and traffic detoured between Two Notch and SC 277 exit
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina’s Department of Transportation (SCDOT) wants people to be aware of upcoming lane closures and detours this weekend along a stretch of I-77 in northeast Richland County.
The heavily trafficked corridor might be especially busy this weekend with the University of South Carolina’s first game at Williams-Brice Stadium
Beginning Friday, Sept. 25, through Sunday, Sept. 27, I-77 lane closures and detours will be place from Percival Road (mile marker 15) to Killian Road (mile marker 22). I-77 in both directions will be shut down for 1.2 miles from the Two Notch Road interchange to the SC 277 exit.
The lane closures and detours are necessary for the demolition of the original SC-277 northbound bridge over I-77. Construction of a new, improved SC-277 northbound bridge over I-77 was finished in mid-September and is open to traffic
Here is SCDOT’s schedule for lane closures and detours:
- I-77 southbound lane closures will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, starting at Killian Road (mile marker 22). By 11 p.m. Friday, I-77 southbound traffic will be detoured onto SC 277 southbound to Fontaine Road, northbound SC 277, eastbound I-20 to I-77.
- I-77 northbound lane closures will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, starting at Percival Road (mile marker 15). By 11 p.m. Friday, I-77 northbound traffic will be detoured onto I-20 westbound, SC 277 southbound to Fontaine Road, northbound SC 277 to I-77.
- Traffic on Two Notch Road will have access to I-77 only via the southbound on-ramp. The northbound on-ramp to I-77 will be closed at Two Notch Road.
Congestion is expected throughout the weekend’s lane closures and detours. Based on past traffic volumes, the worst congestion is expected Saturday afternoon along northbound I-77 in the Percival Road area with backups as far as the Decker Boulevard interchange or beyond.
Law enforcement including the SC Highway Patrol, City of Columbia Police Department and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department will be assisting with traffic control and ensuring the public is kept safely away from the demolition site.
SCDOT would like to inform residents within the vicinity of the SC 277 and I-77 Interchange that the demolition of the bridge will bring increase noise and vibrations during the daytime and nighttime operations. Sound monitoring equipment has been installed around the site to maintain allowable noise levels.
SCDOT’s contractor will be using excavators and other heavy equipment to demolish the SC 277 northbound bridge. Explosives will not be used.
SCDOT reminds the public to use caution and obey posted speed limits while driving through the work zones and detour routes. “Let ‘em Work, Let ‘em Live.”
Motorists can use SCDOT’s 511 Traveler system: http://www.511sc.org/ to help make travel decisions.