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I-20 widening project in South Carolina to include lane split

The Associated Press

7/12/2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Crews widening Interstate 20 east of Columbia are getting ready for a major traffic shift.

Starting Friday, the South Carolina Department of Transportation says the eastbound lanes will be split by concrete barriers with drivers unable to change lanes for 6 miles. Anyone wanting to take Exit 80 to Clemson Road will have to be in the right lane.

The DOT warns there could be delays as drivers adjust to the new traffic pattern.

The split is part of a project to widen I-20 to three lanes in each direction. The eastbound lanes will be split for about three months, with a similar shift following in the westbound lanes.

The DOT says the split will allow the project to finish next May, more than a year ahead of schedule.

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