The completion of arguably two of the biggest road projects in the Upstate, is going to take longer than expected.
The Deputy Secretary of Transportation tells 7News delays have pushed back the completion date of the Interstate 85 Widening Project in Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties and the Gateway Project in Greenville.
Upstate drivers have yet to grow used to the signals and traffic controls throughout Interstate 85.
“It’s a mess, the roads are so torn up. It’s rough,” said Frankie Posey.
In 2016, SCDOT in partnership with Flatiron-Zachary, the project contractor, began work on the Gateway Project that would transform the Greenville interchange and alleviate traffic.
But drivers tell 7News they have yet to notice a difference.
“What do you think about the Gateway Project?” Asked 7News Reporter Stefany Bornman.
“Oh child, I don’t even want to talk about.” Joe Mayberry told 7News.
“I think it’s a great project, but it’s very stressful on the people driving it every day,” Posey said.
A year after construction began on the Gateway Project, SCDOT began rehab on I-85 in Spartanburg County from mile marker 77 to 80. The department also began widening the road to 6 lanes through mile marker 98 in Cherokee County.
The Deputy Secretary of Transportation says delays, including Hurricanes, have pushed backed finishing the projects on time.
“Well [the] hurricane was almost a year ago,” said Kevin Morrissey.
“South Carolina needs to do better y’all,” said Mayberry. “Like I [have] never seen an interstate take so long to be rebuilt. Like in Georgia they get it done.”
The Gateway project could be done by early 2020 and the Widening project by 2021. But that’s not sitting well with drivers.
“Over that period of time, you are probably going to have to buy a new car [and] a new suspension, because the roads are so rough it’s tearing up your suspension,” Posey told 7News. “Tearing up your tires, holes, and everything.”
“The condition of the road, the truth is, there are accidents waiting to happen,” Morrissey said.
Drivers tell 7News there other big concern is how much more the project will costs, due to delays. 7News reached out to SCDOT for comment and has yet to hear back.