Special lane for truckers proposed for part of I-26

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A South Carolina lawmaker wants changes made to a section of Interstate 26 to allow one lane of the highway designated for truckers.

Charleston County Representative Wendell Gilliard is asking for a study to determine the feasibility of making the far left lane of the interstate between the Cosgrove Avenue and Ashley Phosphate Road exits a truck lane.

The change would be in both the eastbound and westbound lanes, according to Gilliard.

The lawmaker said an accident on July 10 that brought traffic to a standstill for nine hours prompted him to take action.

"This is a way to be proactive. I think the signs are being written on the wall," Gilliard said. "We now have an increase unfortunately of incidents between those two exits."

Last week Gilliard wrote a letter to the state secretary of transportation asking for the truck lane study. He said if the SC DOT signs off on the study he will pre file legislation to create the truck lane.

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