You’d do well to avoid Interstate 95 in Clarendon County over the next two months.
Vehicles traveling Interstate 95 north will be slowed starting this week because of repairs to the mile-long Lake Marion bridge.
The work on one of the northbound lanes involves repairs to the bridge deck at the Clarendon-Orangeburg County line. Repairs are required to the concrete bridge built in the 1960s. A routine inspection by SCDOT bridge inspectors showed concrete deteriorating on the bridge deck. Officials say the bridge is safe for travel, but they want to repair the span before the damage worsens.
The work will last nearly two months and is scheduled to end on November 16.
Trucks hauling the biggest loads on I-95 north are being re-routed onto Interstate 26 east to the Charleston area, where they will pick up U.S. 52 through Berkeley County and follow a designated detour back to I-95 on the other side of the Lake Marion bridge.
Long-distance travelers are being urged to go through Columbia using Interstates 26 and 20. However, for locals, there is really no other option for a detour, due to shape of Lake Marion and the nearby swampy terrain. The shortest detour is an additional 40 miles.
Northbound travelers are being warned to expect heavy traffic as the busy highway narrows to a single lane beginning at mile marker 98 (just past Santee exit).