GREENVILLE, S.C. – Drivers traveling on Woodruff Road will begin using a temporary ramp to get to I-385 North this Saturday.
Traffic delays are not expected, but people using this road should be aware of the ramp, which will be in place for six months while crews begin work on new traffic lanes and bridges as part of the 85-385 Gateway Project.
The 85-385 Gateway Project is utilizing a design-build contract which will require Flatiron-Zachry, a joint venture of Flatiron Construction Corp. and Zachry Construction Corp, to design, obtain permits, acquire right-of-way, coordinate utility relocation and construct the new interchange — all under the oversight of SCDOT and FHWA.
Additional improvements in this project that will be completed by the middle of 2019 include:
- The extension of the 4th auxiliary lane on I-85 Northbound and the addition of another lane Southbound between I-385 and Pelham Road. This means the road will be four lanes wide between these two exits.
- The widening of I-385 from four-lanes to six-lanes between Butler Road and Roper Mountain Road.
- The construction of new interchange bridges, including two flyovers, that will replace the existing loop ramps that tie I-85 from and to I-385.
- The reconstruction and enhancement of the traffic signal system on Woodruff Road between Ketron Court and Highway 14. Also, flood warning signs will be added on I-85 near Rocky Creek.
- The construction of additional turn lanes and reconstruction of three intersections on Woodruff Road between I-85 and I-385.
The $231 million project is being financed in part with funding from Act 98 of 2013 which provided the SCDOT with additional funding for bridge, resurfacing and mainline interstate projects. Additional funding is being provided by the Federal Interstate Improvement Program and Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation Study Committee (GPATS.
About the 85-385 Gateway Project
The 85-385 Gateway Interchange Improvement Project will provide an economic boost to the Upstate, improve safety for the traveling public, and increase the capacity of this Interchange to function more efficiently for many years to come. Average daily traffic volume at this interchange is 190,000 vehicles per day making this one of the busiest interchanges in South Carolina. At $231 million, it is the second largest transportation project in South Carolina History. Learn more atwww.85385gateway.com.