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Old 10-10-2015, 07:01 AM   #1
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S.C. I-95 Detour due to flooding.

Folks S.C. got hit pretty bad with the rains and I'm just adding a note about the I-95 southbound and northbound 13 mile long closure and detour. SCDOT detailed the closure here Getting Around in SC and yesterday we heard a bit of the details about the damaged area. Gov. Haley announced details here Repairs to begin soon on I-95 after floods | WBTW.com

"South Carolina officials say the foundations under some bridges on Interstate 95 have washed out, and they canít say when a 13-mile stretch of one of the most important highways on the East Coast will be open.

South Carolina Transportation Secretary Christy Hall said Friday that the problems are on 18 separate small bridges that go over the Black and Pocotaligo rivers and surrounding swampland in Clarendon County.

Hall says a contractor will begin to fix the foundations Saturday and work night and day. But she says she canít say how long that will take.

Other bridges in the area are also damaged, so travelers on I-95 that would normally drive 74 miles from Interstate 26 to Interstate 20 are having to take a 168-mile detour through Columbia."

This report offers some detail about the damage where I-95 goes over some swampy forest area with two rivers, if you've driven it its the section where you are slightly elevated over the "ground" and trees reach out almost into the road.

The SB detour starts at Florence SC and goes W on I-20 to Columbia. Then I-77 to I-26 back to I-95. Its a long detour but it is open I drove it last week, all interstate. The normal route is 74 miles, the detour is 168 miles.

If you try to get on at a different ramp as some is open for local access, not sure how you'll complete the route as almost all secondary roads have a closure somewhere, I looked at the SCDOT info pretty extensively. Even trying to cut thru Sumter doesn't look promising.

SCDOT also has an app that helps but it is almost all county driven so you need to know the county and it is quite detailed.

Traveling with a rig, I'd just take the detour. And from Columbia SE today were getting more rain.
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I plan on driving PA to FL in the next couple of days. Is 77 from 81 south through Columbia and then south on 26 an OK route south?

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Folks S.C. got hit pretty bad with the rains and I'm just adding a note about the I-95 southbound and northbound 13 mile long closure and detour. SCDOT detailed the closure here Getting Around in SC . . .
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Thanks for this great link, which has a tab labeled Interstate making the search a bit easier. The search results for I-95 are listed by Mile Post (and County in another column), so that is helpful, but a map would be better IMO.

I just checked the new Good Sam Club Trip Planner function (which works great BTW), and between Rocky Mount NC and Savannah GA, there are 7 bridge warnings on I-95 which I assume are because of these detours. The pop-up box for each warning icon on the map (a yellow triangle with an exclamation point inside) contains very little detail, but at least they show up on the planned trip route.

Here is the link for the Trip Planner function, but it works only if you are a member and are logged in apparently:

http://trips.goodsamclub.com/

I recommend this new Good Sam Trip Planner function heartily. One note -- you do have to toggle on the Bridge and Tunnel warnings manually in the settings on the right, after you have created a new trip.


Our prayers and thoughts go out to all the folks affected by the flooding. No fun . . .
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Sorry for the folks in the effected areas, I have family in Charlstown. But glad the far west SC seems ok. Heading that way next week for Alumalina.
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Good Sam Trip Planer, excellant resource. I have the RandMcnally RV GPS and GS trips easily transfer over.
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Bruce,

Wednesday I drove I-20 west to I-77 to I-26 and then south to Charleston. You can get back onto I-95 south from I-26. AFAIK I-95 is the only SC interstate route with the closure. Suggest researching your route to confirm.



My best half drove I-95 NB just north of Florence yesterday, she reported lots of SB I-95 traffic backed up for the WB I-20 exit.

The flooding is not over, Georgetown is bracing right now. Much of the land in the affected are is pretty flat including farmland. I think the state is expecting major crop losses in addition to personal property losses too. And we can't forget this 17 deaths blamed on SC flooding as of Thursday - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Some photos of flooded areas http://scemd.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Ma...c35ef28582a7f#

South Carolina National Guard and many other state agencies and first responders are putting in many hours assisting already. The SC National Guard got 1st billing because our son Jacob is in it but currently deployed.
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Thanks for this great link....

I just checked the new Good Sam Club Trip Planner function (which works great BTW), and between Rocky Mount NC and Savannah GA, there are 7 bridge warnings on I-95 which I assume are because of these detours. The pop-up box for each warning icon on the map (a yellow triangle with an exclamation point inside) contains very little detail, but at least they show up on the planned trip route.

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I think the bridge warnings just tell you there is a bridge, not its condition. It highlights every bridge on a trip i planned.

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Thanks Al, you are probably right. Interesting that when you zoom in to each bridge location, they are (of course) mainly over rivers and creeks (not dry canyons like out West), so most of the detours will in fact focus on these bridges IMO. The SC DOT link list of the detours, referenced earlier, is not that specific about the bridge work, so it is hard to coordinate the various sources of information. [edited conclusion]
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Good Sam Trip Planer, excellant resource. I have the RandMcnally RV GPS and GS trips easily transfer over.
Indeed, I just noticed that the Good Sam Trip Planner is powered by Rand McNally.
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SB Lane Reopened

Folks,

Please check with this website South Carolina 511 for updated info. They are now showing that at the info sign at MM167, Florence SC that the SB lanes are open. News from I-95 Southbound lanes reopen - FOX Carolina 21 also.

Research carefully.

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Interesting -- I just noticed that the 511sc map has camera icons. For instance, where I-20 intersects I-95 near Florence, the camera icon opens up access to 6 traffic cameras, as listed in the pop-up box. Pretty handy if you are using I-95.

Similarly, the Message Sign icon actually opens up the message being displayed on the left side of the screen.

http://www.511sc.org/

Thanks GCinSC2 for a great travel tool.
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Yes the messages and cameras are pretty neat.

BTW, I 95 is open now in both directions.
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