Monday, October 23, 2017

I-85 /I-385 Contruction Update

Rendering from early design

View from our RE/MAX front door
This huge project has been underway about a 1.5 years now and things are starting to come together.  Our office is right off this interchange and I have been watching the progress from grading, to driving piles into the ground, and now the flyover bridges are becoming obvious.  We can now tell which bridge corresponds to the direction of travel, per the preliminary drawing.  I suppose there are some components not included in this rendering, since it was an early draft. There is one new bridge open now that ramps southbound 385 traffic to northbound 85. And we can see main structure for northbound 385 going to southbound 85.  It is not clear how it will all work with access to Woodruff Road, where we see  a bit of traffic throughout the year, especially between Magnolia Park and Shoppes at Greenridge.

The good news is that it will be finished in 2019 and that should speed up traffic in the area.  There are a lot of new homes in the Simpsonville area and many of them will take the I-385 corridor to the Greenville, SC downtown or offices in the metro area.  Speed of traffic at this interchange will also take some of the pressure on traffic at  Pelham Rd and I-85.  It also sees a lot of traffic from an established real estate market and businesses and restaurants are spring up at the Pelham-I85 interchange.

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