Nexton Interchange Project Ready for Use:

Relief is finally here for motorists in one part of Berkeley County. Local officials took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Nexton Interchange in Summerville. The purpose of this new roadway is to alleviate the traffic congestion that has plagued North Main Street for years. The new interchange is located at I-26 near Sheep Island Road. A part of the interstate in that area was also widened from four to six lanes to accommodate the project. In addition, work on the Nexton Parkway has also been finished. This roadway is five miles long, and also includes several miles of new multi-purpose trails. Three new frontage roads, Holiday Drive, Business Park, and Maple Street all opened in April.

The Nexton Interchange project cost an estimated $88 million, with the bulk of the funding, $55 million, coming from the Berkeley County Government. The South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank had the second highest contribution at $22 million. Both the State Ports Authority and the Town of Summerville rounded out the project funding with a combined $12 million. County officials report that the Nexton Interchange project came in under budget and was finished ahead of schedule. Your text to link…

Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler said this new interchange is worth celebrating and will ensure the public’s transportation needs are met. He added that the project had been dormant for nearly a decade until he took office. Peagler said it is expected that 19,000 vehicles a day will use the new interchange.