Detours in place Friday, Saturday as SCDOT continues College Park Road repairs

Detours in place Friday, Saturday as SCDOT continues College Park Road repairs

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Transportation has announced more scheduled lane closures and detours for the College Park Road overpass.

Crews have already taken steps for drivers to safely use the overpass after a truck carrying an oversized load hit it from underneath in early April.

Modified pavement markings, signs and overhead signals so traffic can continue to safely use the overpass. SCDOT has also issued the repair contract with equipment and materials already arriving at the site.

Picture of the damage on the College Park Road overpass caused by the tractor trailer. (Source: Live 5 News)
Picture of the damage on the College Park Road overpass caused by the tractor trailer. (Source: Live 5 News)

The following detours will be in place Friday, April 26 to Saturday, April 27 from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. and Saturday April 27 until Sunday April 28 from 9 p.m. to 10 a.m.

  • Motorists on I-26 East will be diverted onto the off ramp at Exit 203 (College Park Rd.) then will proceed immediately back on to I-26 East. There will be no turns onto College Park Road permitted.
  • Motorists wishing to travel South on College Park Road are asked to use Exit 205A and travel US 78 West back to College Park Road.
  • Motorists wishing to travel North on College Park Road are asked to use Exit 205B, then get back on I-26 West. From there, vehicles will be permitted to take Exit 204 on to College Park Road traveling north.
  • The College Park Road overpass will be closed to all traffic over Interstate 26.
  • Motorists heading south from Goose Creek will be able to access Interstate 26 headed west to Columbia.
  • Southbound motorists wishing to continue across the interstate or enter the interstate headed east to Charleston will be asked to detour on Treeland Drive, Royal Road and US 78.
  • Motorists headed north on College Park Road from Ladson will not have any access to the interstate. However, all businesses will be accessible. The public will be asked to follow US 78 East to I -26 West back to College Park Road.
  • Interstate 26 westbound traffic will be unaffected; however, no left turns will be permitted when exiting at College Park Road. Those motorists are being asked to use Exist 205B and take US78 to College Park Road.

Driver who hit overpass has been fined

Jeffrey Stokes, 53, of Kings Mountain North Carolina was ticketed for three offenses of an overwidth load, and overheight load and operating without an oversized/overweight truck without a permit.

Each violation carries a $100 fine and are not jailable offenses, according to South Carolina transport police spokesman Sgt. L.T. Catoe.

Stokes was driving a 2008 Volvo tractor-trailer truck which hit the overpass.

National Drayage Services in Memphis, which owned the truck, was fined $29,520 in 2014 from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for a motor vehicle safety violation.

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