I-26 traffic stalled in both directions due to DOT logging

Traffic is stalled in both directions between the 187 and 194 mile markers of Interstate 26 while crews work to cut several trees in the highway’s median.

Some 54 acres of the median are being cleared because of deaths and injuries caused by cars leaving the road and striking the trees. Road work began last week and is expected to last through August.

The lanes closest to the median are closed in both directions, according to the S.C. Department of Transportation. Traffic was stalled for at least two miles around 4 p.m. between the Ridgeville and Jedburg Road exits, SCDOT reported.

Contractor Cherokee Inc. of Columbia is logging 11 miles of the interstate, authorities said. After sections are clear-cut, shoulders will be graded and a cable placed down the middle of the median to prevent cars from careening into lanes where traffic is flowing in the opposite direction, authorities said.

Drivers should expect delays in that area.

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