I-85 Widening Project
SCDOT, and its contractor, a Joint Venture of Blythe Construction, Inc. and Zachry Construction Corp. (BZJV), will rehabilitate the existing six-lane interstate beginning at mile marker 77 to mile marker 80 in Spartanburg County and widen the existing four-lane interstate to six lanes between mile marker 80 and mile marker 98 in Cherokee County.
This project is utilizing a design-build contract which will require BZJV to design, obtain permits, acquire right-of-way, coordinate utility relocation, and construct the 21 miles of interstate; all under the oversight of SCDOT and FHWA. This type of contracting can save time and money by encouraging innovative designs, materials, and construction practices. The Project's scope involves adding a travel lane in both directions and interchange reconstruction for exits at mile markers 83, 87, 95, and 96. In addition, the contractor will provide rehabilitation of the existing ramps for exits at mile markers 78, 80, 90 and 92. Finally, there will be the construction of a new CSX railroad bridge crossing the interstate near mile maker 81. The work being performed on these roads and bridges will help alleviate traffic congestion throughout this entire corridor. Construction will begin in June of 2017 and will continue until 2021.
This project will improve safety for the traveling public, provide a financial boost to the local economy and increase the capacity of this section of the interstate system so it may function more efficiently for many years to come. This project is the second largest infrastructure improvement contract ever awarded in South Carolina trailing only the contract awarded to replace the Cooper River Bridges. This project will make a positive difference to all of those who travel the Upstate.