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SCDOT: I-26 safety project 'substantially complete'

Trees were cleared and cables installed along the median of a portion of I-26 to improve safety. (Photo Source: SCDOT) Trees were cleared and cables installed along the median of a portion of I-26 to improve safety. (Photo Source: SCDOT)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

A safety project for a portion of I-26 in Berkeley and Dorchester Counties reached "Substantial Completion" on Thursday, the state Department of Transportation said.

The project consisted of clearing and grubbing trees and other vegetation, flattening of earth slopes, seeding, installing raised pavement markers and erecting guardrail and cable rail at various locations between the I-26/I-95 Interchange and Exit 199 in Summerville, SCDOT spokesman Robert Kudelka said in a statement. 

The goal of the 12.5 miles of improvements along this stretch of the I-26 median is to reduce the number of fatalities from vehicles colliding with trees. 

Crash data from January, 2007 through November, 2011 revealed this section of 1-26 experienced nearly 2,000 crashes resulting in 44 fatalities and over 700 injuries.

The data also indicated nearly half of the crashes along the corridor involved vehicles leaving the roadway, with 3 out of every 4 deaths resulting from those vehicles striking trees located in the median.

The construction cost of the project was approximately $5.6 million. The contractor, Cherokee Inc. will continue to have a small presence on the project site for cleanup and monitoring erosion control devices, Kudelka said.

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