GREENVILLE – The first work on a massive road construction project – centered around Interstate 85 at the I-385 interchange in Greenville – is scheduled to start Monday.
The $231 million dollar project will have work that extends from Mauldin Road to Highway 14. It’s expected to take four years to complete according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation.
Drivers will see much of the construction being done at night.
The work set to start Monday involves repaving the northbound lanes of I-85 between Mauldin Road and Woodruff Road as well as between Pelham Road and the interchange for GSP International Airport. That work – which covers eight miles total – is scheduled to be complete by November.
The major phases of construction are expected to begin by early 2016 and finish late in 2018. Lane closures will be at night to limit delays for travelers.
Here are some of the highlights of the project from SCDOT:
· Extending the right-hand lane on I-85 Northbound, about a mile north of the interchange, to tie directly into the Pelham Road exit.
· Extending the Pelham Road on-ramp on I-85 Southbound, to tie directly into the new interchange.
· Adding collector/distributor ramps through the new interchange and also under Woodruff Road on I-385.
· Widening the I-385 corridor from 4 thru-lanes to 6 thru-lanes over between Butler and Roper Mountain Road.
· Constructing 11 new bridges structures within the interchange, including two flyover bridges to replace the existing tight loop ramps associated with the existing interchange.
· Reconstructing and enhancing the traffic signal system along the Woodruff Road Corridor between Roper Mountain Road and Highway 14.
· Reconstructing three intersections on Woodruff Road at Market Point Drive, Garlington and Miller roads.
· Providing a right-out only exit from The Shops at Greenridge onto westbound Woodruff Road.