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Plans Continue for I-385, I-85 Interchange Expansion

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The plans are set to break ground in August, or at least the Department of Transportation said Thursday, that’s when the agency will have a contractor picked out to begin widening the interstate 385 and 85 interchange.

Organizers said this will be a design project that was sketched out in house and then workers will work with contractors to make sure the plans are set in place before building begins.

SCDOT Program Manager Tommy Elrod said 385 will be expanded from Butler Rd to Roper Mtn Rd to be six lanes instead of four.

He predicts this will lessen the congestion in that area and create more space for cars to flow.

Engineers also said there are discussions of adding an auxiliary lane near Pelham road.

Elrod said resurfacing on interstate 85 from Highway 14 to Spartanburg will begin in 2015. He said paving season is typically April to October so it may take all of 2015-2016 to complete.

The project will include 12-13 bridges that need to be replaced or fixed.

Direction ramps will also be added at the 385 and 85 interchange to create a 3rd and 4th level.

Crews said permits and right of ways will need to be acquired and most of the work will be done at night.

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