Work on the Interstates 85-385 “Gateway” interchange in Greenville County will be overdue and over budget.
The Greenville News reports it is going to take the South Carolina Department of Transportation at least eight months longer than planned to finish work. The paper also reports the cost will be $9 million over budget.
Part of the reason for the longer timeline, according to SCDOT officials, is that the agency expanded the project to include new bridges and rehabilitation work not originally planned. A SCDOT engineer said the projects needed to happen at some point anyway and the hope is that doing the work now can save money in the long term.
The $240 million Gateway project is about two-thirds of the way done. Construction began in February of 2016 and will continue until 2020.
The project will eventually redesign the interchange to widen parts of I-85 and erect ten new bridge structures, including two flyovers, two existing bridge rehabilitations and modifications to the substructure of one existing bridge.
The I-385 widening will continue through the project limits. There will also be improvements to several nearby roads which intersect either interstate. The work being performed on these roads and bridges will help alleviate traffic congestion throughout this entire corridor.