Extending 2.11 miles east from the Interstate 20 freeway end, Business Spur I-20 constitutes a commercial arterial between I-95 and U.S. 76 (Palmetto Street). The divided highway serves Magnolia and Florence Malls among a number of other big box retail, eateries and other shops. Access west of Evans Street is controlled outside four at-grade intersections. 2012 traffic counts conducted by SCDOT along the Business Spur range from 25,200 between Beltline Drive and U.S. 76 to 13,100 between Beltline Drive and the directional-cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 95.


Business Spur I-20 east
Interstate 20 ends as Business Spur I-20 begins. The freeway immediately ends after the on-ramp from Interstate 95 north. Photo taken 05/28/07.
A traffic light lies ahead with Radio Drive north and the main entrance to Magnolia Mall. Photo taken 05/28/07.
The first reassurance marker for Business Spur I-20 east precedes the right turn for Radio Drive. Radio Drive south connects the business route with Florence Civic Center and its visitor information center. Photo taken 05/28/07.
A U.S. 76 trailblazer appears at the traffic light between David H. McLeod Boulevard east and Radio Drive. Radio Drive arcs westward to Ebenezer Road while Dunbarton Drive, a frontage road to I-95 north to Hoffmeyer Road, begins to the north by Magnolia Mall. Photo taken 05/28/07.
Continuing east from Radio Drive, a sign proclaims Business Spur I-20 as David H. McLeod Boulevard. McLeod was mayor of Florence between 1954 and 1970. His administration helped garner Florence the title of an All-America City, while also landing the city investment from the DuPont Company.1 Photo taken 05/28/07.
A south side service road ties in with Business Spur I-20 opposite the east entrance to Magnolia Mall. Photo taken 05/28/07.
Woody Jones Boulevard winds east from Florence Civic Center to intersect Business Spur I-20 at Beltline Drive. Beltline Drive continues north through more retail areas to Hoffmeyer Road at the Windsor Forest neighborhood. Photo taken 05/28/07.
Bentree Lane north and Dozier Boulevard come together at the next signal along Business Spur I-20 east. Photo taken 05/28/07.
Evans Street leads north from U.S. 76 (Palmetto Street) and South Carolina 51 (2nd Loop Road) to cross paths with Business Spur I-20 by Florence Mall. Photo taken 05/28/07.
Evans Street passes by Florence Mall and curves eastward toward Downtown Florence. Evans Street connects Business Spur I-20 with U.S. 76 west toward Timmonsville and S.C. 51 south (east) to Coles Crossing through the south side of Florence. Photo taken 05/28/07.
Several business entrances tie into the final stretch of Business Spur I-20 as the route concludes at U.S. 76 (Palmetto Street). U.S. 76 links Florence with Timmonsville west of I-95 and Marion (U.S. 501). U.S. 501 continues the drive southeast to Myrtle Beach. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Business Spur I-20 ends. U.S. 76 ventures east 2.4 miles along Palmetto Street to meet U.S. 52 (Irby Street) in Downtown Florence. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Business Spur I-20 west
Older style shields, date stamped June 1987 (I-20) and February 1986 (I-95), posted at the westbound beginning of Business Spur I-20. The spur provides a direct route between Downtown Florence and both Interstates. Photo taken 05/30/07.
The first shield of Business Spur I-20 resides at an entrance to Florence Mall. Following David H. McLeod Boulevard, the four-lane arterial approaches Evans Street. Evans Street constitutes another multi-lane arterial leading east from Florence Mall toward Downtown Florence and south to U.S. 76, opposite the north end of South Carolina 51 (2nd Loop Road). Photo taken 05/28/07.
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Evans Street lines the north side of Florence Mall by a business park and additional retail east to Cashua Drive. Mileage signs posted for Evans Street west reference Timmonsville for the continuation of U.S. 76 west from Florence. Photos taken 05/30/07.
Continuing west along David H. McLeod Boulevard, drivers pass by the second reassurance marker for Business Spur I-20 west. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Dozier Boulevard south and Bentree Lane north come together at the next traffic light along Business Spur I-20 west. The two roads join David H. McLeod Boulevard with an assortment of offices, apartments and a car dealership. Photo taken 05/28/07.
Business Spur I-20 parallels Trade Court, a service road connecting Dozier Boulevard and North Beltline Drive with more retail. The four-lane divided highway elevates over a former CSX Railroad line, which was converted to the Florence Rail Trail. Photo taken 05/30/07.
A freeway-style guide sign resides one mile east of the directional cloverleaf interchange (Exits 141A/B) with Interstate 95. Photo taken 05/28/07.
Beltline Drive heads south from Windsor Forest Drive and Hoffmeyer Road by a high school and two big box stores to become Woody Jones Boulevard south of Business Spur I-20. Woody Jones Boulevard circles westward to more area development. Photo taken 05/28/07.
Business Spur I-20 crosses Beaverdam Creek and next intersects the eastern entrance to Magnolia Mall and the south side frontage road to Crossroads Center shopping plaza. Photo taken 05/28/07.
An off-ramp departs Business Spur I-20 west for Magnolia Mall and Dunbarton Drive ahead of these trailblazers for Interstates 20 and 95. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Radio Drive stems south from the main entrance to Magnolia Mall and Business Spur I-20 at this traffic light. The road arcs west by The Plaza At Magnolia shopping center and a GE Healthcare plant to Ebenezer Road. Photo taken 05/28/07.
Business Spur I-20 transitions into a freeway beyond Radio Drive and quickly meets the Exit 141A off-ramp for Interstate 95 north. I-95 bypasses the north side of Florence over the next six miles while en route to Lumberton, Fayetteville and Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Exit 141B departs Business Loop I-20 west as Interstate 20 commences the 1,539-mile drive to West Texas. Interstate 95 leads southwest along a mostly rural route from Florence to Santee, Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida. Photo taken 05/28/07.

Sources:

  1. Aiken & Company - Our History.


Photo Credits:

05/28/07, 05/30/07 by AARoads

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Page Updated 10-31-2013.