(WSPA) – Portions of Interstate 85 in Spartanburg and Greenville counties will undergo construction work over the next 15 months to resurface the roadway.

The repaving and improvement work is expected to begin on May 30. The work is expected to be completed by the end of August 2024.

Motorists will likely encounter lane closures in the areas being resurfaced.

“When you get on I-85 and you see they are doing construction work you are not really prepared for that rerouting,” Greenville resident Stacy Green said. “When you get a reroute, it is always a route that thousands of other people take. So, it’s a delay.”

Drivers said they believe the construction will be a hassle for their commutes, but say when it is done, they will feel safer driving along the interstate.

“Before retirement, I avoided I-85 like the plague because so many trucks, so many wrecks, so many backups,” Greenville resident Joe Frasher said. “I understand they are getting ready to do some construction, but it will be very troublesome during the construction.”

Added Frasher: “It will definitely make it safer. For any improvement with roadwork, you have to go through some inconvenience. I think most drivers will be willing to wait.” 

Here are the areas being repaved:

  • I-85 Northbound & Southbound between mile marker 67 and mile marker 69 in Spartanburg County
  • I-85 Southbound between Exit 56 (Highway 14) and Exit 54 (Pelham Road)
  • I-85 Northbound between mile marker 44 (near South Old Piedmont Highway) and mile marker 47 (near Parkins Mill Road bridge) in Greenville County
  • I-85 Southbound between mile marker 50 (near Old Sulphur Springs Road bridge) and mile marker 44 in Greenville County