The Port Access Road is an elevated viaduct structure that directly accesses I-26 and avoids railroad crossings, local street crossings and tidal creeks. It includes a new fully directional interchange on I-26, the reconstruction of two I-26 exits, a three-level flyover interchange and local roadway enhancements.
The project was completed ahead of schedule. It supports enhanced economic development, accommodating future commuter traffic demands, and improves local roadway network access to I-26. New interchanges bring greater mobility to serve the fastest-growing container port in the U.S., including access to the new Hugh K. Leatherman Jr. port terminal.
The American Society of Civil Engineers South Carolina Section (ASCE-SC) named the Port Access Road its 2021 Project of the Year, calling its completed design "a testament to design innovation born from true collaboration."