SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – The S.C. Department of Transportation said there will be a full detour on northbound I-85 at mile marker 69.
The detour starts at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 and will last through 6 a.m. Thursday.
All traffic will be detoured to northbound Business 85.
When it opens on Thursday, northbound traffic on I-85 will be adjusted at mile marker 69 entering into the construction zone to allow one lane of through traffic on I-85, according to SCDOT.
“Shut that one lane down and push everybody onto business 85 and then when we open that lane back up , it’ll be directing them right onto the new pavement,” said SCDOT Construction Engineer Joseph Miller.
All exits will be open, but there will be no entry to I-85 North from I-26, I-585 or SC 9.
“I actually commute 85 almost everyday,” said Nicholas Dendy, Office Manager at Dental Care of Boiling Springs, which is located off Highway 9. “I’m having to detour around the on ramp that I was initially used to taking to having to go the Business 85 way. A lot of traffic flowing in that area congests it up and everybody’s trying to go the same direction and everybody’s annoyed with it.”
He said some of that traffic often includes their patients.
“We’ll have a patient that calls in and is complaining about the traffic, they’re going to be a few minutes late. Obviously we’re going to accommodate the patient the best we can but it does kind of inconvenience the patient and us a little,” said Dendy.
The project from mile marker 69 to 77 includes repairing the roadway.
“They’ve had typical setbacks with weather and construction crews but overall it’s going really well,” said Fowler, adding it will improve the road conditions for travelers for a longer period of time than the current pavement.
He said the traffic shift will help the project move forward.
“That will allow us to construct the median and complete the crossover sections of northbound,” said Fowler. “Just having access to the ramps is going to be a big help too.”
Benefits Dendy said could be passed along to businesses along Highway 9, including theirs.
“At least our patients coming from the southern end will be able to exit and take our normal exit to the practice,” said Dendy.
SCDOT tells 7News they’re looking to complete the project by Spring 2019.
“It will be a lot better because the road did need to be replaced. It’s all about the safety for people,” said Dendy.
Motorists driving in that area are urged to be aware of equipment and crews working on the project. SCDOT asks you to find the appropriate detour route for Northbound I-85 access.
Use SCDOT’s 511 Traveler System for updates on traffic conditions before you hit the road.