- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - A $75 million project to widen heavily traveled Interstate 26 east of Columbia is now expected to be finished next month.

The work was to have been finished last November and The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reports (https://bit.ly/2aotcjwgne) the Department of Transportation has been withholding $10,000 a day in penalties. That amount has now reached about $2.8 million.

The project involves widening 10 miles of the interstate east of its junction with Interstate 77 while an additional 11 miles farther east is also being resurfaced.

The overall contractor is bringing in a new paving contractor to get the road resurfaced by the end of next month.

State Rep. Sen. Nikki Setzler of West Columbia last week questioned the delays and said the project poses a danger to motorists.

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