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Traffic on Interstate 26 May 2, 2018. Leroy Burnell/Staff

S.C. Department of Transportation crews will shut down Interstate 26 for several upcoming nights as part of an ongoing construction project.

Crews will be placing steel girders over I-26 for a future ramp from the freeway's eastbound lanes onto Meeting Street, according to a statement by the department. 

"Because this girder placement is a complicated endeavor, it will take place over several nights," the statement said. "This work is subject to change due to weather conditions."

Work is slated to happen on four upcoming nights.

Sunday:

  • One lane will be closed from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning on I-26 East between the Cosgrove Avenue and Cypress Avenue exits.

Monday:

  • Work will begin at 7 p.m. between the Cosgrove and Cypress exits of I-26 East.
  • Drivers can expect single, followed by dual lane closures.
  • At 11 p.m. crews will shut down all eastbound lanes on the freeway and set up a detour route. 
  • Motorists can expect all eastbound closures and detours to be cleared by 5 a.m. the following morning.
  • I-26 West will have single and dual lane closures beginning at 7 p.m. between the Mount Pleasant Street and Cosgrove Avenue exits.
  • All westbound closures will clear by 6 a.m. the following morning.

Tuesday:

  • Both directions of I-26 between the Cosgrove and Cypress exits will have single, followed by dual, lane closures from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning.

Wednesday:

  • I-26 East will have single, followed by dual, lane closures beginning at 7 p.m. between the Cosgrove and Cypress exits.
  • All lanes will be shut down and a full detour will begin at 11 p.m.
  • Closures and detours will be cleared by 5 a.m. the following morning. 
  • I-26 West will have single, followed by dual, lane closures beginning at 7 p.m. between the Mount Pleasant Street and Cosgrove exits.
  • All closures will be cleared by 6 a.m. the following morning.

Drivers should take the following routes while detours are in place:

  • For access to downtown Charleston from I-26 East, take the Cosgrove exit until it ends a Spruill Avenue, take a right from Spruill onto Meeting Street and follow Meeting into the city. 
  • For access to the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge into Mount Pleasant, take the Cosgrove exit on I-26, turn right onto Spruill, continue onto Meeting and turn left onto U.S. Highway 17 North.
  • For access to the Septima P. Clark Parkway, also known as the Crosstown, into the Charleston peninsula's west side and into West Ashley — exit I-26 at Crosgrove, turn right from Cosgrove onto Spruill, continue onto Meeting, turn right from Meeting onto Cypress Street and follow signs for U.S. 17 South/I-26 East.

Signs will be in place to direct driver on all detour routes.

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Gregory Yee covers breaking news and public safety. He's a native Angeleno and previously covered crime and courts for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, CA. He studied journalism and Spanish literature at the University of California, Irvine.

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