I-26
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From: North Carolina State Line above Landrum (Spartanburg County)
To: Charleston (Charleston County)
Total Length: 220.1 miles  
Nationally, I-26 runs from Charleston to US 23 Kingsport TN.
ROUTE LOG
NC STATE LINE: 0 - 0
EXIT 1 - SC 14: 0.9 - 0.9
EXIT 5 - SC 11: 4.4 - 5.3
EXIT 10 - SC 292: 4.6 - 9.9
EXIT 15 - US 176: 4.1 - 14.0
EXIT 17 - S-42-40: 2.7 - 16.7
EXIT 18 - I-85 (exit 70): 0.9 - 17.6
EXIT 19 - I-85 Bus (exit 2): 0.9 - 18.5
EXIT 21 - US 29: 2.3 - 20.8
EXIT 22 - SC 296: 1.0 - 21.8
EXIT 28 - US 221: 6.1 - 27.8
EXIT 35 - S-42-50: 6.4 - 34.2
EXIT 38 - SC 146: 3.5 - 37.7
EXIT 41 - SC 92: 2.5 - 40.2
EXIT 44 - SC 49: 3.6 - 43.8
Laurens-Spartanburg Line: 1.5 - 45.3
EXIT 51 - I-385 (exit 1): 6.1 - 51.4
EXIT 52 - SC 56: 0.6 - 52.0
EXIT 54 - SC 72: 1.1 - 53.1
EXIT 60 - SC 66: 6.2 - 59.3
Newberry-Laurens Line: 1.5 - 60.8
EXIT 66 - S-36-32: 5.0 - 65.8
EXIT 72 - SC 121: 5.3 - 71.1
EXIT 74 - SC 34: 2.4 - 73.5
EXIT 76 - SC 219: 2.0 - 75.5
EXIT 82 - SC 773: 6.2 - 81.7
EXIT 85 - SC 202: 3.2 - 84.9
Lexington-Newberry Line: 3.7 - 88.6
EXIT 91 - S-32-48: 2.2 - 90.8
Richland-Lexington Line: 1.0 - 91.8
EXIT 97 - US 176: 4.4 - 96.2
EXIT 101 - US 76 WB, US 176: 5.0 - 101.2
EXIT 102 - SC 60: 0.7 - 101.9
EXIT 103 - S-40-757: 1.2 - 103.1
EXIT 104 - S-40-1280: 0.9 - 104.0
Lexington-Richland Line: 0 - 104.0
EXIT 106 - S-32-36: 2.1 - 106.1
EXIT 107 - I-20 (exit 64): 0.7 - 106.8
Richland-Lexington Line: 0 - 106.8
EXIT 108 - I-126, US 76 EB: 0.6 - 107.4
Lexington-Richland Line: 0.3 - 107.7
EXIT 110 - US 378: 1.5 - 109.2
EXIT 111 - US 1: 1.6 - 110.8
EXIT 113 - SC 302: 1.9 - 112.7
EXIT 115 - US 21, US 176, US 321: 1.7 - 114.4
EXIT 116 - I-77 (exit 1): 0.3 - 114.7
EXIT 119 - US 21, US 176: 4.3 - 119
Calhoun-Lexington Line: 0.7 - 119.7
EXIT 125 - S-9-31: 4.4 - 124.1
Lexington-Calhoun Line: 2.7 - 126.8
EXIT 129 - US 21: 1.4 - 128.2
Calhoun-Lexington Line: 1.6 - 129.8
EXIT 136 - SC 6: 6.2 - 136.0
EXIT 139 - S-9-22: 2.8 - 138.8
Orangeburg-Calhoun Line: 1.4 - 140.2
EXIT 145 - US 601: 4.5 - 144.7
EXIT 149 - SC 33: 3.5 - 148.2
EXIT 154 - US 301: 5.5 - 153.7
EXIT 159 - S-38-36: 4.7 - 158.4
EXIT 165 - SC 210: 5.6 - 164.0
EXIT 169 - I-95 (exit 86): 3.7 - 167.7
Dorchester-Orangeburg Line: 0.6 - 168.3
EXIT 172 - US 15: 2.5 - 170.8
EXIT 177 - SC 453: 5.5 - 176.3
Berkeley-Dorchester Line: 9.4 - 185.7
EXIT 187 - SC 27: 0.9 - 186.6
EXIT 194 - S-8-16: 7.1 - 193.7
EXIT 199 - US 17 ALT: 4.7 - 198.4
EXIT 203 - S-8-62: 4.1 - 202.5
Charleston-Berkeley Line: 0.6 - 203.1
EXIT 205 - US 78: 1.0 - 204.1
EXIT 208 - US 52 CONN: 3.7 - 207.8
EXIT 209 - S-10-75: 0.5 - 208.3
EXIT 211 - S-10-1342: 2.0 - 210.3
EXIT 212A (old 212) - S-10-13: 0.3 - 210.6
EXIT 212BC - I-526 (exit 17): 0.6 - 211.2
EXIT 213 - S-10-62: 1.4 - 212.6
EXIT 215 - SC 642: 2.6 - 215.2 EXIT 216 - SC 7: 0.6 - 215.8
EXIT 217 - US 52: 1.0 - 216.8
EXIT 218 - S-10-32: 0.5 - 217.3
EXIT 219 - S-10-46: 1.3 - 218.6
EXIT 220 - US 17 NB: 0.5 - 219.1 EXIT 221 - US 17 SB: 1.0 - 220.1
Creation: I-26 first appeared on the 1959 Official Map. It was shown as under construction from SC 11 Campobello to SC 453 Harleyville.
Adjustments: In 1960, I-20 was opened from SC 773 to US 378 West Columbia. It was also shown to be under construction from SC 453 to the US 52 CONN in North Charleston.
In 1961, I-26 was shown open from SC 11 to US 29 Spartanburg; US 276 (now I-385) to SC 773; US 378 to US 21-176 Dixiana.

1960 Official
I-26 opens from SC 773 to US 378
1960 Official
1962 Official
I-26 opens from US 276 to SC 773
1962 Official

In 1962, I-26 was shown open from US 29 to US 276 (now I-385); US 21-176 to SC 121 (now SC 210) Bowman. I-26 was also shown as under construction from the US 52 CONN to SC 7.

1961 Official
I-26 opens from US 378 to US 21-176
1961 Official
1962 Official
I-26 opens from US 21-176 to SC 121
1962 Official

In 1963, I-26 was shown open from SC 121 (now SC 210) to US 78 Ladson. I-26 was also shown as under construction from the NC Line to SC 11.
In 1964, I-26 was shown under construction from SC 7 to Rutledge Ave in Charleston.
In 1965, I-26 was shown as open from SC 14 Landrum to SC 11; US 78 to SC 7. I-26 was also shown as under construction from Rutledge Ave to US 17.
In 1967, I-26 was shown open from the NC Line to SC 14.

1961 Official
I-26 opens from SC 11 to US 29
1961 Official
1962 Official
I-26 opens from US 29 to US 276
1962 Official
1966 Official
I-26 opens from SC 14 to SC 11
1966 Official
1967 Official
I-26 opens from NC to SC 14
1967 Official

In 1968 or 1969, I-26 was open from SC 7 to US 17, completing I-26 in South Carolina.

1963 Official
I-26 opens from SC 121 to US 78
1963 Official
1966 Official
I-26 opens from US 78 to SC 7
1966 Official
1969 Official
I-26 opens from SC 7 to US 17
1969 Official

Improvements: 4 lane freeway at inception except from the US 52 CONN eastward to I-26's end was initially built as 6 lanes.
I-26 was six-laned from I-126 northwest to US 176 in 1981.
I-26 was 6-laned from I-126 to near US 21-176 Dixiana in 1992 (through the Dixiana and I-77 interchange was 6-laned about 1985).
I-26 was 6-laned from US 17 ALT to US 52 CONN in the mid 90s.
I-26 was 8 laned from US 52 CONN to I-526 in 2011.
I-26 was 6-laned from US 21-176 to beyond the Gaston exit in 2016.
Some exits were not part of the original lineup: I-95 (1976); Harbison Blvd (1981); S-8-62 (1982); I-77 (1987); I-526 (1990); I-85 (1995); US 17 NB (2005). The SC 60 exit was a half-interchange until the early 90s.
Comment: I-26 serves three major cities in South Carolina - Charleston, Columbia, and Spartanburg, but only really passes inside Charleston.
The original concrete was still in use from US 15 to near SC 27 and also everything below the Midland Park Road overpass as late as 2016.
I-26 received its exit numbers in 1976.
I-26 blows off US 78 near EXIT 219.
Before the new US 17 bridge over the Cooper River was built, there was an Exit 220 (WB only) for Romney Ave which remains amidst the flyovers and ramps from the new US 17 tie-in.
Other than the big cities, I-26 remains a quiet ride through lots of swamps in the southeast and hilly piedmont to the northwest.
In the planning stages for I-26 there was controversy because Greenville wanted I-26 to go there. They got the US 276 freeway instead.


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