BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A new Berkeley County interchange project on I-26 got a major go-ahead today from inspectors.
Sections of the Nexton Interchange project will officially be safe for the public on Thursday just in time for this weekend's Flowertown Festival.
The sections to open include the two frontage roads connecting US-17A with Jedburg Road, Holiday Drive and Business Park Road, as well as North Maple Street extension towards Highway 78.
Berkeley County spokesperson Hannah Moldenhauer said despite several unexpected weather events, the project is ahead of schedule and under budget.
"It is important to note that the work is still underway in these sections and for motorists to use caution," she wrote in a press release.
The project should be done in its entirety in May of this year.
"This incredible and much-needed road project is one worth celebrating," said Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler. "The project sat still for more than a decade before we pushed it forward in 2015. Thanks to the hard work of incredible engineers and crews, we've successfully expedited the work. I'm thrilled to share the message that a portion of work is coming to fruition in time for the Flowertown Festival. More good news will follow in the coming weeks as we prepare to open the overpass and exit 197."
The entire project is expected to cost $88 million.
Berkeley County is carrying the brunt of the cost as the project owner.
Berkeley County: $55 million.
SC State Ports Authority: $8 million
SC Transportation Infrastructure Bank: Nearly $22 million
Town of Summerville: $4 million
A major promise of the project is that it is supposed to help alleviate traffic on Main Street in Summerville.