Sections of three a busy interstate corridor in the Upstate will need repaving after officials discovered problems with the roadbed beneath Interstate 85 in Spartanburg County last year.
The Greenville News reports the state Department of Transportation (SCDOT) disclosed the new pavement problems in a response this week to a Legislative Audit Council audit.
The audit noted that SCDOT terminated a $44 million contract to resurface ten miles of Interstate 85 last year when a contractor discovered a problem with the road’s underlying pavement.
The contractor who was given $6 million for the work started and the project was redesigned and rebid. But the ordeal also led auditors to question why the roadbed was not properly tested beforehand, which likely could have warned both the contractor and SCDOT of problems in advance.
Similar roadbed problems have since been found on another I-85 section in Spartanburg County, on I-385 in Greenville County and on I-26 in Laurens County