Officials with the South Carolina Department of Transportation estimate that it would cost up to $4 billion to widen Interstate 95 to six lanes.
That preliminary estimate would include widening the 198 mile stretch from Georgia to North Carolina to three lanes in each direction. Construction would also include replacing bridges and updating exits.
Any start to construction could be years away because South Carolina would require enough money to fund the project. Additionally, the project would need to be a priority before funds could be devoted to construction. The state DOT is currently in the process of updating its project priority list and is expected to publish that list in the coming months.
I-95 traffic, especially during holidays and high travel periods create substantial bottlenecks, in part because Georgia’s portion of I-95 is 6 lanes and that shrinks down to 4 once you enter South Carolina.
Widening South Carolina’s portion of I-95 from end to end would be a massive undertaking and would likely be addressed in stages over an extended period of time. Federal funds would eventually pay for a substantial portion of the project, but South Carolina’s contribution would be considerable as well.
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