Carolina Crossroads Project meets milestone ahead of schedule

May 30, 2023

Motorists traveling along Interstate 20 westbound from Broad River Road may notice a new exit lane for traffic leading toward I-26 westbound. The new lane provides an additional 1,500 feet of for vehicles to travel through the interchange and helps decrease traffic congestion for drivers continuing west on I-20.

The opening of the new lane marks a milestone for Phase 2 of the Carolina Crossroads Project. Archer-United Joint Venture (AUJV), the team leading construction activity for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the project, committed to opening the auxiliary lane within 560 days after receiving the official Notice to Proceed (NTP). They did it in 546 days, with the lane officially opening on May 16.

Brian Klauk, SCDOT Project Manager for Carolina Crossroads noted that the opening of the new lane will help streamline the flow of traffic during peak hours.

“We understand the frustration that can come with congested roadways and with long-term construction projects,” Klauk said. “Our goal from the start was to implement a phased construction approach that would allow the traveling public to enjoy incremental improvements throughout the duration of the project. The early opening of the I-20 auxiliary lane exemplifies the positive impact that this strategy can have on drivers.”

About the Carolina Crossroads Project

Phase 2 Construction of the Carolina Crossroads Project began in 2022 and is anticipated to reach significant completion in early 2025. Visit the project webpage for other project information and updates. The public may also contact the Project Hotline at 800-601-8715. The Carolina Crossroads Project is part of South Carolina Department of Transportation’s (SCDOT) 10-Year Plan which was established in July 2017 when the state gas tax increase was enacted. The SCDOT’s 10-year Plan addresses improvements to the state’s highway and bridge systems. Learn more at


The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is the state agency with oversight of South Carolina’s network of highways and bridges, including responsibilities such as planning, design, construction, financing, and roadway safety. To ensure the nation’s fourth-largest highway system is prepared to serve the needs of South Carolina’s growing economy and population, SCDOT has developed a Strategic 10-Year Plan that addresses improvements to the state’s highway and bridge systems. Learn more at