New Wando Port gate system creates backup on I-526

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Motorists encountered 18-wheelers lined up along the shoulder. (Source: Live 5)
Motorists encountered 18-wheelers lined up along the shoulder. (Source: Live 5)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Commercial traffic headed to the Wando Port is being diverted until 7 p.m. Monday to relieve a daylong traffic backup.

The South Carolina Ports Authority began a new gate system over the weekend, but port officials said Monday was the first day at full capacity with the gate. That caused delays getting trucks through to the terminal.

SCDOT dispatched State Highway Emergency Program units to assist motorists as much as possible. SHEP Responders were working with law enforcement agencies to monitor the situation until traffic returned to its normal flow, SCDOT officials said.

The gate system uses the Long Point Road exit of I-526 and motorists encountered 18-wheelers lined up along the shoulder and cars at a crawl.

Normal traffic is allowed was being allowed through by Monday afternoon.

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