Interstate 95 South - Dillon to Florence

Interstate 95 south
The iconic South of the Border rises along the east side of Interstate 95 as travelers enter the Palmetto State at Exit 1A. The roadside attraction opened in 1950 and has remained one of the most recognizable sites for travelers between Florida and the Northeast. The 165-foot tall Sombrero Tower, added in the 1970s, anchors the landscape along adjacent U.S. 301 & 501. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Exit 1A loops from just south of the N.C. line to serve movements to South of the Border and Hamer along U.S. 301 & 501. The tandem share pavement seven miles south to Dillon and beyond to Latta. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Travelers along Interstate 95 southbound reach Florence in 37 miles. South Carolina 9 & 57 cross paths with the freeway at the next exit in five miles outside of Dillon. Photo taken 12/30/12.
The South Carolina Welcome Center precedes the Little Pee Dee River near Hamer. Photo taken 12/30/12.
The tourist information center offers copies of the official South Carolina Highway Map and lodging coupons among brochures of Palmetto State points of interest. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Crossing the swampy area of Little Pee Dee River and Ropers Mill Branch, Interstate 95 approaches the Exit 193 diamond interchange with South Carolina 9 & 57 (Radford Boulevard). The two overlap for 6.2 miles between Little Rock and the Dillon street grid, including a nearly one-mile stretch with U.S. 301 & 501 along Second Avenue. Photo taken 12/30/12.
South Carolina 9 leads east parallel to the North Carolina state line between Dillon and North Myrtle Beach. A portion of the corridor was widened to four lanes. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Exit 193 leaves Interstate 95 south for South Carolina 9 & 57. S.C. 57 branches north from Little Rock nearby to end at the North Carolina state line in nine miles while South Carolina 9 ventures northwest 24 miles to the Marlboro County seat of Bennettsville. Photo taken 12/30/12.
The third Dillon area exit joins Interstate 95 with South Carolina 34 west of town. The east-west highway begins in Dillon and leads west 31 miles to Darlington and 195 miles overall to Greenwood. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Leaving Dillon, Interstate 95 continues eight miles to junction South Carolina 38 (Exit 181) and 29 miles to Florence. Photo taken 12/30/12.
South Carolina 38 constitutes part of a multi-lane corridor linking Charlotte, North Carolina with Myrtle Beach along with U.S. 501 and South Carolina 9. The state highway ends at the U.S. 301 and 501 split ahead of Marion. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Exit 181B departs Interstate 95 south for South Carolina 38 west. No control point is used as the state highway heads to Bennettsville and Hamlet, North Carolina (via N.C. 38). Photo taken 12/30/12.
Drivers bound for Marion, Conway and Myrtle Beach loop away from Interstate 95 south for S.C. 38 east. This corridor is slated for Future Interstate 73, which may be built as a toll road. South Carolina 38 otherwise splits with S.C. 917 nearby for motorists bound for Latta. Photo taken 12/30/12.
A forested and swampy stretch of freeway awaits southbound drivers on the ten-mile drive to South Carolina 327 from Exit 181. Florence is now just 20 miles away. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Interstate 95 rises from the Poccosin Swamp and wetlands surrounding the Great Pee Dee River to pass by a set of closed rest areas preceding Exit 170. The rest areas were shuttered in 2010 by SCDOT as a cost saving measure. Photo taken 12/30/12.
The first of five Florence interchanges sees Interstate 95 and South Carolina 327 meet (Exit 170). South Carolina 327 begins at Exit 170 and heads south to the form the northern leg of a multi-lane bypass east of Florence. The state highway turns east with U.S. 76 & 301 in five miles near Florence Regional Airport (FLO), with U.S. 301 continuing the bypass southwest to U.S. 52. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Construction in 2012-13 expands the interchange into a six-ramp partial-cloverleaf. Overall S.C. 327 travels 23 miles from Williston Road north of I-95 to the split of U.S. 52 and 301 at Effingham. Photo taken 12/30/12.
TV Road stems southwest from Pocket Road to meet Interstate 95 at a diamond interchange (Exit 169) in one mile. Photo taken 12/30/12.
South from Exit 169, TV Road continues by the community of Quinby to become Irby Street in the city of Florence. Photo taken 12/30/12.
U.S. 52 and Interstate 20 radiate outward from Florence and meet Interstate 95 at the next two interchanges. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Interstate 95 nips the eastern corner of Darlington County within the vicinity of Black Creek before reentering Florence County. Photo taken 12/30/12.
One mile out from the Exit 164 folded-diamond interchange with U.S. 52 on I-95 south. U.S. 52 follows Lucas Street south into Florence, meeting U.S. 76 (Palmetto Street) in downtown. Photo taken 12/30/12.
U.S. 52 and a parallel CSX Railroad line head north six miles to Darlington. U.S. 52 serves interests to Darlington International Raceway and Florence-Darlington Technical College. The US highway overall travels 161 miles between Charleston and Cheraw in South Carolina. Photo taken 12/30/12.
An April 2004 widening project saw completion along a ten-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in the Florence area. The six-lane segment includes a left-lane restriction for all trucks. This view looks at the previously posted ground-level sign for the Exit 164 off-ramp. Photo taken 06/25/05.
Traffic to U.S. 52 (Lucas Street) parts ways with Interstate 95 south for Exit 164. U.S. 52 provides a four-lane highway between Florence and the Darlington bypass to the north. South from downtown Florence, the November 2012-opened U.S. 301 bypass shortened the U.S. 52 & 301 overlap by 3.5 miles. The two still travel together six miles, with U.S. 52 continuing as a four-lane highway from their split at Effingham to Charleston. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Interstate 95 stays just west of the Florence city limits on the two mile approach to Interstate 20 west and Business Spur I-20 east (Exits 160B/A). Photo taken 12/30/12.
The right-hand of Interstate 95 south defaults onto Interstate 20 west as I-95 again reduces to four overall lanes beyond the Exit 160 directional-cloverleaf interchange. Photo taken 12/30/12.
One half mile north of the Exit 160B off-ramp to Interstate 20 west. Interstate 20 overall links the capital city of Columbia with Augusta, Georgia, Aiken, and Florence. The freeway ends as Business Spur Interstate 20 east of Interstate 95 (incorrectly shown here as I-20), a 1.8-mile connector between Exit 160A and U.S. 76 (Palmetto Street). Photo taken 12/30/12.
Interstate 95's southbound control city shifts to Savannah from Interstate 20 southward. Interstate 20 west heads 65 miles west to junction Interstate 77 and the Capital Beltway of Columbia. The freeway serves Bishopville and Camden on the otherwise rural drive. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Exit 160B departs Interstate 95 southbound onto Interstate 20 west for Columbia. The first interchange lies four miles ahead with South Carolina 340 south of Darlington. Interstate 20 provides a major corridor between Columbia, Augusta, Atlanta, Birmingham, Jackson, Mississippi, Monroe, Louisiana, Shreveport, Dallas, Fort Worth, Midland and Odessa, Texas, and Interstate 10 for points west to Phoenix, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Photo taken 12/30/12.
The only overhead that properly shows Business Spur Interstate 20 east resides at the Exit 160A loop ramp onto David H. McLeod Boulevard east. Business Spur 20 meets Second Loop Road and U.S. 76 (Palmetto Street) two miles west of downtown Florence by the Florence Mall. The four to six lane arterial serves Magnolia Mall nearby and interests to the Florence Visitors Center and Florence Civic Center. Photo taken 05/28/07.

Photo Credits:

  • 2005-06-25 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 2007-05-28 by AARoads.
  • 2012-12-30 by AARoads.

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Page Updated 01-05-2013.

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