SCDOT outlines process for drivers with damage due to I-26 construction to file claim

Published: Jul. 17, 2021 at 12:17 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 17, 2021 at 11:22 PM EDT
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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Public Transportation says drivers who may have had damage to their vehicles in a construction zone near Summerville can contact them to learn how to file a claim.

Drivers can call SCDOT toll-free at 855-467-2368 for more details about the claims process. Spokesperson Brittany Harriot said a contractor will take callers’ information and have them fill out a form.

Crews are in the process of resurfacing an 11-mile stretch of Interstate 26 in the Summerville area. Harriot said the old asphalt breaking down is causing problems for drivers.

“The contractor is sweeping and vacuuming the milled surface, and unfortunately additional asphalt is being broken down by the traffic that is driving on the milled surface,” she said.

One of those drivers is MiEisha Williams. The North Charleston resident was driving on I-26 on Thursday when a rock chipped her windshield.

“(I was) going to work in Columbia, just forgot something at home so I turned around immediately on the interstate and once we got to (mile) 199 or maybe a little bit before that, just driving in the left two lanes, people were driving fast and all I could see was rocks coming up,” she recalled.

SCDOT would not say how many calls it’s gotten so far, but Williams said the state’s rough roads have damaged her car before.

“When I first got my car, I had a pothole on my left driver’s side kind of bust my tire up, split it up a little bit,” she said.

She wants to see construction crews work more carefully so drivers don’t continue paying the price.

“Come up with a way to shut the part of it down or don’t make it so many lanes, just make it one lane at a time,” she said. “I mean, there’s many ways you can do it, but you guys got two lanes that is making it hazardous.”

The first phase of the project has been completed. SCDOT is now waiting on a contractor to start the next phase.

Work is scheduled to be completed by the fall.

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