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wriddle082:
Now that I'm a resident of the Palmetto State, I figured I should go ahead and begin a general thread for this state since there hasn't already been one created.

Since I've been here, for the past four weeks I had been commuting back and forth from West Columbia to Augusta, GA for work (for the next two weeks I'll be working locally, then possibly back to Augusta or somewhere else in Eastern GA after that).  Anyway, here are some of my general observations about I-20 and other roads west of Columbia:

* The I-20 weigh stations (WB in Lexington Co. around mm 54, EB in Aiken Co. around mm 41 I thnk) have never been open any time I pass by them (yes I passed by them during "business hours"), but the I-26 weigh stations NW of Columbia seem to be open fairly often.

* I really dislike SC's practice of resurfacing only one direction of interstate at a time.  :pan:  It seems like WB I-20 has worse pavement than EB I-20 b/w Lexington and I-520.  From SC 6 to the Aiken Co. line WB, there are work zone signs, but it appears that very little work has taken place.  From US 1 to just before I-520, the WB pavement appears to be not that old, but it's deteriorating a a pretty rapid pace.  Most of the time I had to stay back from most semi trucks so I wouldn't get my windshield cracked, and stay in the left lane to avoid the worst spots.

* I-520 in SC is a great road, and gets you from I-20 to Downtown Augusta very quickly, but the 60 MPH speed limit is a bit too slow for now.  They could stand to maybe make it 65 MPH until development (if it ever happens) justifies lowering it to 60.

* I-26 pavement in Laurens Co from I-385 to the Newberry Co line is terrible in both directions!  It's only marginally better through Newberry Co.  Lexington and Richland Cos seem to have decent pavement.  Looking at SCDOT's upcoming projects list, they don't have any resurfacing planned for I-26 in Laurens Co for the next couple of years.   :pan:

* Went up I-385 towards Greenville a couple of times.  The pavement rehabilitation appears to have been a success.  Four smooth concrete lanes with full concrete shoulders from I-26 up to (I think) SC 101.  :biggrin:

* Columbia traffic, in general, flows A LOT better than Nashville traffic.  I find it very refreshing.

* Paying personal property taxes on my vehicles to the county clerk before picking up license plates from the SCDMV really really sucks! (and it's expensive)

* Having reflectors on most of the state secondary roads is nice, especially since I've been doing a lot of driving before dawn.

I could go on for a while, but I'm curious to hear what others have to say about their Palmetto State experiences.

Alex:

--- Quote from: wriddle082 on January 30, 2011, 07:53:11 PM ---Now that I'm a resident of the Palmetto State, I figured I should go ahead and begin a general thread for this state since there hasn't already been one created.


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There was one originally, but it got partitioned into various route-based threads...

Was last in Columbia last October. Drove around downtown for a bit on a Sunday and was amazed at how light the traffic was:

wriddle082:
A week ago, SCDOT issued a press release to seek public comment about two proposals:

1) Widening of I-26 in the vicinity of I-20 (a.k.a. "Malfunction Junction") including the usage of express lanes

2) Interstate resurfacing projects throughout the state using OGFC (Open Grade Friction Coarse) asphalt

For my part, I commented that I-26 needed to have a local/express setup starting west of St. Andrews Rd (or further west) and ending east of I-126.  Keeping traffic trying to get from I-20 to I-126 (and vice versa) away from the I-26 through traffic wold solve the bulk of the problems, and they could even leave the 20/26 interchange as a cloverleaf if they wanted to since I don't think any one particular movement justifies a flyover, but I could be wrong.

http://www.scdot.org/ArtMan/publish/article_1173.shtml

Mapmikey:
You should've seen how bad 26 was in the 1980s...

West of I-20 the interstate was still configured in its original 1950s design (drive today's I-85 Bus through Spartanburg for an idea of what that is like).  Traffic was horrible all the time especially around I-20 and US 378.

Flyover could be useful for I-20 WB to I-26 EB (although with I-77 now finished this is less choked than it once was) and possibly I-26 EB to I-20 EB.

Mapmikey
SC Resident 1974-91; 93-95

Henry:

--- Quote from: AARoads on January 30, 2011, 09:43:24 PM ---
--- Quote from: wriddle082 on January 30, 2011, 07:53:11 PM ---Now that I'm a resident of the Palmetto State, I figured I should go ahead and begin a general thread for this state since there hasn't already been one created.


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There was one originally, but it got partitioned into various route-based threads...

Was last in Columbia last October. Drove around downtown for a bit on a Sunday and was amazed at how light the traffic was:


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Looks more like Nevada than South Carolina! :-D

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