Interstate 126

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Interstate 126 marker

Interstate 126
Lester Bates Freeway
Route information
Maintained by SCDOT
Length: 3.68 mi[1][2] (5.92 km)
Existed: 1961 – present
Major junctions
West end: I‑26 / US 76 in Columbia
East end: US 21 / US 76 / US 176 / US 321 in Downtown Columbia
Counties: Richland
Highway system
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[edit]

Traversing a total of 3.68 miles (5.92 km), it starts at exit 108 along I-26, it has exits with Colonial Life Boulevard (westbound only) and Greystone Boulevard (to Riverbanks Zoo), before crossing the Broad River on the Timmerman Bridge. 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.


I-126 started construction in 1959 and was completed in 1961 as a four-lane freeway. Relatively unchanged since inception, it was widened to six-lanes in the 1990s and its eastern terminus has fluctuated between Huger Street and Gadsden Street.[3]

Exit list[edit]

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

mi[2] km Exit Destinations Notes
0.0 0.0 I‑26 / US 76 west – Charleston, Spartanburg Western terminus; western end of US 76 concurrency
0.8 1.3 Colonial Life Boulevard to Bush River Road Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
1.9 3.1 Greystone Boulevard – Riverbanks Zoo
3.4 5.5 US 21 south / US 176 east / US 321 south (Huger Street) East US 176 and south end of US 21/US 321 concurrency
3.7 6.0 US 21 north / US 76 east / US 176 west / US 321 north / Gadsden Street Eastern terminus; eastern end of US 76 concurrency
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Interstate 126 Business[edit]

Interstate 126 Business
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Length: 0.60 mi[4] (0.97 km)
Existed: 1980–Unknown

Interstate 126 Business (I-126 Bus) was a boulevard-grade business spur of I-126 along Elmwood Avenue, between Huger Street and Main Street; in concurrence with US 21/US 76/US 176/US 321. Signage appeared in the 1980s, by 2000 all but one sign remained on the route. At some point[when?], I-126 absorbed part of the business spur from Huger Street to Gadsden Street. It is considered decommissioned as no current state/federal maps list it, nor any physical signage exists.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Route Log and Finder List - Interstate System: Table 2". FHWA. Retrieved October 3, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b 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. ^ Google (May 19, 2013). "Business Spur 126" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing