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Crews begin process of removing trees on I-26

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SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) -

SCDOT officials say the fast lanes on I-26 near the Summerville will be closed as crews remove trees from the median.

Crews began the process Tuesday morning in preparation of widening the interstate. 

According to officials, the trees are being cut down to improve safety along a 30-mile stretch of I-26. The SCDOT says there were 2,000 crashes and 44 deaths between Summerville and I-95 over a five-year period. 

Seven miles of trees will also be cut down between Jedburg and I-95. The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments reached a compromise last February, conserving 17 miles of trees.

James Law from SCDOT says the fast lane or one closest to the median in both east and west lanes will be shut down in the immediate areas where trees are being cut down.

The lane closure will move as the work area moves westward.

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