With Charleston’s Port Growing, Already Unsafe I-26 Needs Upgrades To Handle More Trucks

In a recent opinion item in the Charleston Post and Courier, North Charleston city councilman Ron Brinson urged South Carolina authorities to support much-needed upgrades to Interstate 26, the main route connecting the Charleston area to the rest of the state and nation.

Brinson rightly points out that I-26 is already over capacity and in generally poor condition, and that situation will only get worse as the Port of Charleston grows and more trucks take to the highway. “Congestion and outdated designs engender unsafe conditions. Accident rates are generally high, and there’s a well-documented disproportionate fatality rate, especially in the Orangeburg to Summerville segment,” he writes.
Motorists who frequently travel I-26 between Charleston and Columbia are aware of the road’s inadequacies, and Brinson suggests that conditions will deteriorate as traffic increases — unless the state gets serious about upgrading its infrastructure. With the potential for a doubling of truck traffic related to the port within 10-12 years, sufficient modernization of I-26 would cost at least $1 billion and take about a decade, according to Brinson.
The South Carolina truck accident lawyers at the Louthian Law Firm echo the writer’s concerns about the safety of I-26, and we urge the state and federal governments to support upgrades to the route. We have written here before about one state lawmaker’s proposal to put in place a temporary fix for the issue of heavy trucks on I-26 by restricting them to one lane. While that might or might not be part of the solution, it is important for government officials to begin taking a serious look at how they can improve the road’s safety.

The South Carolina personal injury attorneys at Louthian Law Firm, P.A., have been helping truck accident victims in Columbia, Orangeburg, Sumter, Aiken, and throughout South Carolina, obtain fair compensation for their injuries since 1959. We provide each of our clients with individual attention.

If you or someone you lovehas been seriously injured in a truck accident on I-26 or any of South Carolina’s roads, contact the Louthian Law Firm, P.A., today. Call us toll free at (866) 454-1200 or locally at (803) 454-1200. You can also contact our South Carolina personal injury lawyers online for a free evaluation of your case.