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Commissioners want to review I-26 safety improvement plan

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The State Department of Transportation is looking to improve safety on a dangerous stretch of Interstate 26 with a $5 million plan.

The agency announced the plan Friday, which calls for improvements near I-95 East to Summerville.

The improvements include clearing all trees from the median and putting up a cable guard rail between the travel lanes. There is a 25 foot stretch of land from the travel lanes to the trees. The improvements would give motorists 46 feet to the guard rail.

The goal for the project is to reduce fatalities caused by motorists running off the road.

Between January of 2007 and November 2011 there were close to 2-thousand crashes on the section of I-26 causing 44 deaths and 709 injuries.

However, some said the problem isn't the trees and they should be left alone.

State Highway Commissioner, Jim Rozier said he agrees and the trees make it worth exploring other safety options.

SCDOT and commissioners will meet in Columbia Wednesday to discuss the details.

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