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"We Hate I-85" Facebook Page Launched

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Frustration with the condition of Interstate 85 in the upstate has driven the creation of a social media campaign.

Jacob Villines describes the worst parts of his day as his morning and evening commute between Greenville and Spartanburg.

"It's horrible, every morning my leg is shaking sitting in traffic because I don't know if someone's going to hit me from behind," Villines said.

He launched the Facebook group "We Hate I-85."

"It's been that way for a long time now and we need to fix it," Villines said.

He says it's the worst stretch of a major highway he's ever seen.

"As soon as you pass over the North Carolina state line, the highways are beautiful, they're clean, they're smooth," he said.

SCDOT has recently stepped up patching potholes. It now spends about $15,000 a month alone in Spartanburg.

"We know where we have some issues and we address those issues as the funding allows," district maintenance engineer Jason Allison said.

SCDOT isn't too worried about posts on social media. They hear from drivers all over the state and the problems are more widespread than just I-85.

"What you don't see on Facebook is the phone calls that we receive every day," Allison said.

That stretch of 85 isn't due for a rehab and resurfacing until 2015 and it comes at a hefty price tag $36 million dollars.

"That one section of 85 would be about two and a quarter times my overall budget for four counties," Allison said.

Villines says he's paying his share of taxes and they should find the money so he can breathe a little easier on the way to work.

"That money needs to go to our community and help us get back and forth to work safely, give us the roads to where we're not tearing up our cars," Villines said.

7 On Your Side also asked SCDOT how many people have filed claims against the state for damage caused by poor conditions on 85.

DOT is working on getting those numbers. 7 On Your Side will update you when they're released.

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