- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

CHARLETSON, S.C. (AP) - The state Department of Transportation says a project to improve safety on Interstate 26 northwest of Charleston is substantially complete.

As part of the almost $6 million project, there were improvements to the median along almost 13 miles of the interstate between the junction with Interstate 95 and Summerville.

That work consisted of removing trees from the median, flattening slopes next to the highway and putting up guardrails and cable rails at various locations.

Authorities say 44 people were killed on the stretch of highway between 2007 and 2011, with half those deaths occurring when vehicles left the highway and hit trees.

Originally DOT wanted to clear trees from 23 miles of highway but the number was reduced in a compromise with local government leaders.

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