Final ramp opens for $300M rebuild of I-85/I-385 in Greenville, S.C.

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An aerial view of the new I85/385 interchange in Greenville, S.C. Credit: SCDOTAn aerial view of the new I85/385 interchange in Greenville, S.C. Credit: SCDOT

The final new ramp on the $300 million I-85/I-385 Gateway Project in Greenville, South Carolina, is now open.

The three-year project to upgrade the busy interchange, which handles more than 220,000 vehicles a day, gives Interstate 385 six lanes between Simpsonville and downtown Greenville and widens I-85, according to the S.C. Department of Transportation.

Check out this drone video of the new interchange by the SCDOT:

The contractor for the project was a joint venture of Flatiron contractors and Zachry Construction Corp.

The project created a new interchange within the general footprint of the former interchange. New lanes, ramps and bridges were built while traffic continued to use the existing interchange. The project included 10 new bridges, two of which are flyovers, and rehabilitating two bridges.

The SCDOT says the interchange was one the state’s major road priorities, and the agency will now focus on the I-20/26/126 interchange in Columbia, known as “Malfunction Junction,” and the I-526/I-26 interchange in Charleston.