Work set for $41M project to improve Santee exit

SANTEE, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina transportation officials say work should begin next month on $41 million worth of improvements to the Interstate 95 and U.S. Highway 301 interchange near Santee.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reports the work will create a full interchange at Exit 97 and extend U.S. 301 to connect with a road just outside of Santee.

Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright says the improved roads should help economic development in the area. The exit is used by travelers heading south on I-95 to get to Orangeburg and U.S. 301 connects to Interstate 26. Leaders want to encourage shippers and warehouses to locate in the region.

Surveying and engineering will begin in November, with the work scheduled to be finished in early 2015.

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