SCDOT: All lanes of I-26 between Charleston, Columbia open

- The South Carolina Department of Transportation, in conjunction with DPS, SLED, DNR, and the National Guard, began clearing the reversed, eastbound lanes on I-26 Friday morning and early afternoon.

All lanes are now open and traffic is flowing normally.

SCDOT says no traffic was allowed on the eastbound lanes until the clearing was complete from Charleston to Columbia.

The westbound lanes of I-26 remained open in that direction for travel to Columbia.

According to SCDOT, the process for returning I-26 to normal operations will begin by law enforcement stopping traffic from entering the reversed lanes at I-526 in Charleston. 

DPS will then begin the process of removing traffic control points on I-26 eastbound from Charleston to Columbia. Once the traffic control points have been removed and a final check has been performed, all lanes will return to normal operations. 

SCDOT said this process could take three hours or more. 

All drivers evacuating the coastal area are strongly encourages to leave prior to the time as SCDOT, DPS, SLED, DNR, and National Guard personnel will be returning to their office quarters until the storm has passed. 

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