Crosstown closures causing delays for motorists coming from I-26, West Ashley

Traffic is thick coming into town as rush hour draws to a close with everyone still moving. Cars never stopped this morning, except for traffic lights.

Crosstown Expressway construction still is causing some delays in rush-hour traffic this morning, but cars are still moving as rush hour draws to a close.

On Rutledge Avenue and Morrison Drive traffic is still bumper to bumper, but moving, except at traffic lights.

This morning marks the first day of the next construction phase on the Crosstown. Workers will install new safety barriers and drainage lines.

Advice for motorists who want to avoid delays is to use one or more of the alternatives below:

Those traveling west on the Crosstown who use Sheppard Street to reach Rutledge Avenue will have to find a different route, possibly exiting a few blocks earlier onto King Street.

Those entering downtown via Interstate 26 might want to exit onto Rutledge Avenue, Morrison Drive or King or Meeting streets.

Motorists entering the peninsula from West Ashley on U.S. Highway 17 might want to use Lockwood, Calhoun, Cannon or Bee streets instead of the Crosstown.

Those using the Crosstown to travel across the county might want to use S.C. Highway 7, the Northbridge and I-26 to the Ravenel Bridge.

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