Killian/I-77 Bridge repairs slow traffic

COLUMBIA – Delays being experienced on Killian Road in the area of I-77 will last approximately six weeks according to SCDOT officials. SCDOT began a construction project to repair the bridge over I-77 on Monday evening.

The project will be done in two phases, each lasting about three weeks, according to an announcement by SCDOT. The right lane of westbound Killian Road will be closed first, starting at Killian Crossing and ending beyond the overpass of I-77. Upon completion of the right lane of the bridge, traffic will be shifted onto the new lane and the left lane will then be closed to traffic to continue the final stage of the bridge deck repairs.

The entire project is estimated to take approximately 6 weeks, barring delays due to weather or other circumstances. Work will be done around the clock to lessen the impact to motorists as much as possible, officials said.

SCDOT warned that traffic in the area is very busy and could cause significant traffic and delays. Officials encouraged motorists to avoid the area by taking alternate routes if possible during construction.

Officials say crews will work around the clock. SCDOT crews ask that motorists please drive with caution in the construction area.

The project is part of SCDOT’s 10-year plan to improve what it calls structurally deficient bridges throughout South Carolina.

All on-ramps and off-ramps to I-77 at this interchange will remain open during construction.