An Interstate upgrade near Greenville is on schedule, even with extreme rain and cold to hinder work. The I-385 expansion and reconstruction in the Upstate will ease potential traffic and safety problems, as foreseen by the state’s transportation planners.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation gave the media an update on the I-385 construction project today. Officials say the reconstruction of 15 miles of this key connector was slowed by cold weather –but is still on schedule. Nick Wolfe, project manager for McCarthy Improvement Company says “We have minimum temperatures that we have to have before we can start the concrete paving operation. The standard 12-hour day has turned into the 6-hour day. It’s not that it’s really hurt us because we were planning on that, but we were hoping to get a little more production.”Officials say that southbound traffic will be switched to the new northbound lanes in mid-March.
Rob Perry, project manager for DOT praises the work so far, through this winter’s challenging weather: “They’ve made tremendous progress, seven-and-a-half miles of 10-inch concrete pavement for Interstate, that’s unprecedented in this state. I really hope that once the Spring rolls around and it drys up and the temperature gets high, then they should really make some tremendous progress on top of what they’ve done.”
The project costs about $61 million and diverts traffic on roadway heavily used by nearby distribution and shipping hubs. For online updates, see http://www.i385rehab.org/