$342 Million Approved For I-85, I-385 Interstate Projects - WSPA.com

$342 Million Approved For I-85, I-385 Interstate Projects

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The South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank Board voted unanimously Tuesday to approve funding for a list of high-priority road projects, including the widening of Interstate 85 at the Spartanburg-Cherokee county line and the I-85/I-385 interchange project in Greenville County.

The widening of the 16-mile stretch of I-85 between Spartanburg and Cherokee counties ranked 18th on the state's Interstate Improvement priority list. The funding allocates $262 million for the first two phases of the widening project, which runs from Gossett Road in Spartanburg County to Highway 18 in Cherokee County. 

The board decided to allocate $80 million to the I-85/I-385 interchange project in Greenville County, which is the second-highest priority interstate project in the state. The funds will be combined with the $140 million in federal funds that the South Carolina Department of Transportation has secured, DOT officials said. One hundred million dollars were originally allocated for the 4.3 mile project, but the reduction in funds will not have an impact on the project, DOT officials say.

"This list of projects will accelerate much-needed infrastructure improvements for our highway system that will provide the opportunity for enhanced economic development and safer roads for all who travel our interstates," said SCTIB Chairman Don Leonard.

The $450 million will be paid for with cash and bonds made available after the South Carolina legislature took action to secure the funds for the various projects.

Leonard said that he will present the approved projects to the Legislative Joint Bond Review Committee for final approval on December 4. To read the list of approved projects, click here.

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