- Associated Press - Sunday, February 7, 2016

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Some unexpected problems with cutting down trees on Interstate 26 north of Charleston has led to delays in a project meant to improve the safety of the southern part of Interstate 95 in South Carolina.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that improvements to the southernmost 30 miles of I-95 won’t start before next year. Troopers have reported 30 deaths with people hitting trees along the highway in Jasper County since 2010.

South Carolina Department of Transportation officials say they need to do more extensive surveys of the area along I-95. They say a similar project of I-26 ended up costing more than planned because removing the trees made drainage worse when it rains.

Officials say the extra surveying also may help save some trees along I-95.

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Information from: The Island Packet, http://www.islandpacket.com

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