October 24, 2014

Commission approves deal for major Upstate interchange construction

2012 map shows SCDOT's preferred plan for I-85/I-385 improvements (Courtesy: SCDOT)

2012 map shows SCDOT’s plan for I-85/I-385 improvements (Courtesy: SCDOT)

South Carolina’s transportation department is now moving forward on its largest project in nearly 13 years.

The state Transportation Commission on Thursday approved a contract for Flatiron-Zachry Joint Venture to revamp the Interstates 85-385 intersection in Greenville County.

The $231 million project is the most expensive overseen by the South Carolina Department of Transportation since it awarded a contract for the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston Harbor back in 2001.

Department of Transportation spokesman Pete Poore said the project will be helped with $80 million in bonds approved by legislators under Act 98 approved last year. “The interchange has an average daily traffic count of 194,000 vehicles,” Poore told South Carolina Radio Network. “It’s not really designed to handle that much traffic safely.”

Poore said the contractor will 1035 days (about two years and 10 months) to complete the project once a Notice-To-Proceed order is issued by SCDOT.