COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - A portion of I-95 closed because of flooding concerns will return to partial service based on recommendations from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.
The agency recommended southbound I-95 could be reopened from south of the bridges over the Black and Pocotaglio Rivers at Exit 119 (SC 261) and all southbound ramps can open south all the way to I-26, according to SCEMD spokesman Derrec Becker.
North of the I-95 bridges, I-95 northbound from exit 132 (SC 527) and all northbound ramps can be reopened all the way to I-20.
For local traffic only, the following portions of I-95 may be reopened to local, emergency and relief traffic:
- I-95 northbound can be opened from Exit 90 (US 176) to Exit 119 (SC 261) in Manning for LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY. I-95 will remain closed to all traffic at Exit 119.
- I-95 southbound can be opened from Exit 157 (US 76) to Exit 132 (SC 527) for LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY. I-95 will remain closed to all traffic at Exit 132.
Through traffic will continue to detour with northbound traffic using I-26 West to I-77 north, to I-20 east, to I-95 north and southbound traffic using I-20 west, to I-77 south, to I-26 east, to I-95 south.
The SCEMD is actively evaluating I-95 for additional re-openings, Becker said. The bridges over the Black and Pocotaglio Rivers cannot be opened, yet, based on a safety review. Becker said the bridges will be reviewed again Wednesday afternoon or early Thursday.
For more information about road conditions statewide, visit scdot.org.