I-385/85 exit ramp closed
Truckers hoping to exit towards Greenville along one of South Carolina’s busiest intersections will have to take another route.
The state Department of Transportation (SCDOT) announced this weekend that trucks will not be able to exit northbound from Interstate 85 onto I-385 after ” unforeseen circumstances” were discovered on the Exit 51C ramp that crosses over I-85. Initially, SCDOT closed the ramp to all traffic Saturday before engineers decided after a Sunday inspection that it was safe to reopen the bridge to passenger cars only.
SCDOT has begun work on a $231 million project to redesign the interchange scheduled to finish by the end of 2018. Engineers said cracks in the bridge were believed to have been caused by construction crews using a piledriver to install H-piles nearby.
“Those vibrations apparently carried through the ground and affected this column,” the project’s resident construction engineer Jack Valetti told South Carolina Radio Network.
He said the bridge was closed “out of an abundance of caution.”
To help plan your detour past the closed exit ramp visits SCDOT Motorist Information
Valetti said officials hope to reopen the bridge to all traffic by June 27. The bridge was already scheduled to be replaced as part of the ongoing construction project.
Truck Detour Information:
* Exit 51C is CLOSED to all vehicles over 2 axles.
* Trucks headed Northbound on I-85 take Exit 42 (I-185) to access downtown Greenville.
* Trucks headed Northbound on I-85 north of I-185 should take Exit 51B (I-385 SB) to the Woodruff Road Exit 35.
*Turn left onto Woodruff Road.
*Take next left onto I-385 Northbound to access downtown Greenville (I-385 NB).
Further updates will be provided regarding the re-opening of Exit 51C to truck traffic.
SCDOT advises motorists to slow down and use caution throughout this area.