Interstate 126

Interstate 126 marker
Interstate 126
Lester Bates Freeway
I-126 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-26
Maintained by SCDOT
Length3.68 mi[1][2] (5.92 km)
Existed1961–present
Major junctions
West end I-26 / US 76 in Columbia
East end US 21 / US 76 / US 176 / US 321 in Downtown Columbia
Location
CountiesRichland
Highway system
  • Main
  • Auxiliary
  • Suffixed
  • Business
  • Future
SC 125 SC 126

Interstate 126 (I-126) is a spur route of I-26, almost entirely within the city limits of Columbia in the U.S. state of South Carolina.

Route description

Traversing a total of 3.68 miles (5.92 km), it starts at exit 108 along I-26, it has exits with I-20 (westbound only, signed "Exit 107" as it leads to the I-26 interchange), Colonial Life Boulevard (westbound only) and Greystone Boulevard (to Riverbanks Zoo), before crossing the Broad River on the Timmerman Bridge. Past the bridge is a final interchange with US 21/US 176/US 321 (Huger Street). Entering downtown Columbia, it merges briefly with US 21/US 176/US 321, at Huger Street, before ending at Gadsden Street. It is named the Lester Bates Freeway and is co-signed with US 76 for the entire route.

History

Construction started on I-126 in 1959 and it was completed in 1961 as a four-lane freeway spur of I-26 which opened at the same time. Around 1980, it was widened to six lanes to from I-26 to Greystone Boulevard and eight lanes from there to Huger Street. By the 1990s, a lane was added eastbound from Colonial Life Boulevard to Greystone Boulevard and westbound from Greystone Boulevard to a new I-20 exit just before its western terminus. The eastern terminus of I-126 has fluctuated between Huger Street and Gadsden Street.[3]

Future

I-20/I-26 interchange

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is proposing improvements to the interstate corridor of I-20/26/126, including the system interchanges at I-20/I-26 and I-26/I-126 in Lexington and Richland Counties. These improvements are proposed to increase mobility and enhance traffic operations by reducing existing traffic congestion within the I-20/26/126 corridor, while accommodating future traffic needs. The corridor's approximately 14 miles (23 km) of mainline interstate include I-26 from Exit 101 - Broad River Road (US 176) to east of the Saluda River, I-20 from the west of the Saluda River to west of the Broad River, and I-126 from I-26 to east of the interchange with Colonial Life Boulevard. [4]

Exit list

All exits are unnumbered. The entire route is in Columbia, Richland County.

mi[5]kmExitDestinationsNotes
0.000–
0.316
0.000–
0.509
I-26 / US 76 west – Charleston, SpartanburgWestern terminus; western end of US 76 concurrency; I-26 exit 108
0.8011.289Colonial Life Boulevard to Bush River RoadWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
1.8502.977Greystone Boulevard – Riverbanks Zoo
3.346–
3.360
5.385–
5.407
US 21 south / US 176 east / US 321 south (Huger Street)Western end of US 21/US 176/US 321 concurrency
3.6805.922 US 21 north / US 76 east / US 176 west / US 321 north / Gadsden StreetEastern terminus; eastern end of US 21/US 176/US 321 and US 76 concurrencies
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Interstate 126 Business

Interstate 126 Business marker

Interstate 126 Business

LocationColumbia, South Carolina
Length0.9 mi[6] (1,400 m)

Interstate 126 Business (I-126 Bus) was a boulevard-grade business spur of I-126 along Elmwood Avenue, between Huger Street and Bull Street, in concurrence with US 21/US 76/US 176/US 321. The route was never marked on state, county, or city highway maps. Signage proliferated along the westbound route in the late 1970s from Bull Street to Assembly Street,[7] However, by 2000 only one sign remained and this was gone by the mid-2000s. At some point, I-126 absorbed part of the business spur from Huger Street to Gadsden Street. It is considered decommissioned as no current state or federal maps list it, nor does any physical signage exist.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Route Log and Finder List - Interstate System: Table 2". FHWA. Retrieved October 3, 2007.
  2. ^ Google (May 19, 2013). "Interstate 126" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  3. ^ General Highway Map, York County, South Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. South Carolina Department of Transportation. 1963. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  4. ^ "Construction Phasing".
  5. ^ "Highway Logmile Report". South Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  6. ^ Google (May 19, 2013). "Overview map of I-126 Bus. (Columbia)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  7. ^ These signs were added with a major signage overhaul on Elmwood Avenue around 1978 when US 21/US 176/US 321 were moved from Assembly Street to Huger Street, SC 215 was removed from the route and SC 48 was extended up Assembly Street to Elmwood Avenue.

External links

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata

Media files used on this page

US 76.svg
600 mm × 600 mm (24 in × 24 in) U.S. Highway shield, made to the specifications of the 2004 edition of Standard Highway Signs. (Note that there is a missing "J" label on the left side of the diagram.) Uses the Roadgeek 2005 fonts. (United States law does not permit the copyrighting of typeface designs, and the fonts are meant to be copies of a U.S. Government-produced work anyway.)
Flag of the United States.svg
Author/Creator: unknown, Licence: PD
South Carolina 126.svg
A new version of the shield for a South Carolina State Highway
US 321.svg
750 mm × 600 mm (30 in × 24 in) U.S. Highway shield, made to the specifications of the 2004 edition of Standard Highway Signs. (Note that there is a missing "J" label on the left side of the diagram.) Uses the Roadgeek 2005 fonts. (United States law does not permit the copyrighting of typeface designs, and the fonts are meant to be copies of a U.S. Government-produced work anyway.)
US 176.svg
750 mm × 600 mm (30 in × 24 in) U.S. Highway shield, made to the specifications of the 2004 edition of Standard Highway Signs. (Note that there is a missing "J" label on the left side of the diagram.) Uses the Roadgeek 2005 fonts. (United States law does not permit the copyrighting of typeface designs, and the fonts are meant to be copies of a U.S. Government-produced work anyway.)
US 21.svg
600 mm × 600 mm (24 in × 24 in) U.S. Highway shield, made to the specifications of the 2004 edition of Standard Highway Signs. (Note that there is a missing "J" label on the left side of the diagram.) Uses the Roadgeek 2005 fonts. (United States law does not permit the copyrighting of typeface designs, and the fonts are meant to be copies of a U.S. Government-produced work anyway.)
South Carolina 125.svg
A new version of the shield for a South Carolina State Highway