Portion of Nexton Interchange project opens Thursday

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SUMMERVILLE, SC –

A project meant to help ease traffic in Summerville will open in part on Thursday.

The sections to open include the two frontage roads connecting US-17A with Jedburg Road, Holiday Drive and Business Park Road, as well as North Maple Street extension towards Highway 78.

These portions will open as of 10 a.m. Thursday.

The interchange will not be open and drivers will not be allowed on the overpass, on exit 197 ramps, or on Nexton Parkway.

Berkeley County spokesperson Hannah Moldenhauer said despite several unexpected weather events, the project is ahead of schedule and under budget.

“It is important to note that the work is still underway in these sections and for motorists to use caution,” she wrote in a press release.

The project should be done in its entirety in May of this year.

“This incredible and much-needed road project is one worth celebrating,” said Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler. “The project sat still for more than a decade before we pushed it forward in 2015. Thanks to the hard work of incredible engineers and crews, we’ve successfully expedited the work. I’m thrilled to share the message that a portion of work is coming to fruition in time for the Flowertown Festival. More good news will follow in the coming weeks as we prepare to open the overpass and exit 197.”

The entire project is expected to cost $88 million.

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