Lane closures on I-26 expected, girders being placed for Meeting Street exit

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Crews have started setting steel girders over I-26 for the future ramp from I-26 eastbound onto Meeting Street.

The work started on Sunday night and is a part of the Port Access Road Project.

The girders are six-feet tall and range in size from 99 feet to 194 feet in length, according to officials. They weigh between 14 tons and 18 tons each.

"Because they are curved, this girder placement is a complicated endeavor, so it will take place over several nights," construction officials said.

Lane closures and eastbound detour are taking place the nights of Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday - May 13th - 16th on I-26 westbound, between Exit 219 (Mount Pleasant St.) and Exit 216 (Cosgrove Ave.)

Single and then dual lane closures will begin at 7 p.m. All closures will be cleared by 6 am the next morning.

Full detours will begin at 11 p.m. All closures and detours will be cleared by 5 a.m. the next morning.

See below for detour route
  • To access downtown Charleston from I-26 Eastbound, drivers are encouraged
  • To exit I-26 at Cosgrove Avenue (Exit 216B) until it ends at Spruill Avenue, right onto Spruill to Meeting into the city. Signs will be in place to direct motorists.
  • To access US 17 North to Mount Pleasant from I-26 Eastbound, drivers are encouraged to exit I-26 at Cosgrove Avenue (Exit 216B) until it ends; take a right onto Spruill Avenue to Meeting Street and then left onto US 17 North. Signs will be in place to direct motorists.
  • To access US 17 South to the western side of the Peninsula and West Ashley, drivers are encouraged to exit I-26 at Cosgrove Avenue (Exit 216B) until it ends; take a right onto Spruill Avenue to Meeting and then follow the signs to US 17 S turning right onto Cypress Street and then left onto I-26 Eastbound to US 17 South. Signs will be in place to direct motorists.


Look for barricades, cones, signs and flashing arrows in the Work Zone. Please use caution while driving through the area, or consider utilizing alternate routes.

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