SCDOT says all interstates open after Matthew, Upstate is clear - FOX Carolina 21

SCDOT says all interstates open after Matthew, Upstate is clear

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Flooding near Highway 17 in Mt. Pleasant (FOX Carolina) Flooding near Highway 17 in Mt. Pleasant (FOX Carolina)
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The South Carolina Department of Transportation said Sunday afternoon that all interstates were open statewide after Hurricane Matthew.

Officials said the areas with the most issues were below I-20 and east of I-95.

As of 12:30 p.m. on Saturday there were 228 roads and five bridges closed due to the storm.

Below is a portion of the news release from SCDOT:

Statewide Summary – The greatest impact from Hurricane Matthew is below I-20 and east of I-95. The center of the hurricane is passing through the Charleston County Coast. The hurricane has weakened to a Category 1 with 85 mph winds. Wind speeds in the Charleston area vary from 40 mph up to gusts close to 60 mph. SCDOT is responding to impacts from Hurricane Matthew. Crews are removing downed trees from roadways in District 1, 4 and 5.

Crews in District 6 and 7 will respond quickly as winds subside to a safer condition. SCDOT

will continue to closely monitor the storm’s progress and adjust response plans as appropriate.

At least 60 maintenance crews in the upstate and midlands are prepared to assist with road clearing in the coastal areas as soon as conditions allow access. SCDOT continues daily communication with other emergency service providers.

Due to flooding and high wind conditions, motorist are urged to avoid travel until conditions improve and road crews clear roads. Conditions are extremely hazardous now. Power outages are widespread through the south and eastern regions of the state with many downed power lines across roads. 

At a press conference on Sunday, a SCDOT spokesperson announced that all interstates in the Upstate, including I-95, are now open. She said SCDOT would begin assessing and fixing the damage on primary roads.

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