Interstate 77 North - Richland County

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Interstate 77 North
Ramps from both directions of Interstate 26 and U.S. 21-176-321 (Charleston Highway) come together at a high-speed directional interchange near Dixiana. The Columbia skyline appears on the northern horizon along the east-west stretch of Interstate 77. Photo taken 04/15/12.
Interstate 77 spans a CSX Railroad on the half mile approach to Exit 2 with South Carolina 35. S.C. 35 (12th Street Extension). Photo taken 04/15/12.
South Carolina 35 begins at Interstate 77 and leads north on the 12th Street Extension, a five-lane arterial completed in October 2003 between the freeway and South Carolina 2 (Frink Street) in Cayce. Further lengthening of 12th Street pushed the road south to Old Wire Road. Photo taken 04/15/12.
Exit 2 leaves Interstate 77 north. South Carolina 35 ends 5.5 miles to the north at U.S. 378 (Sunset Boulevard) in West Columbia.
The Exit 2 diamond interchange opened initially as a connector to Saxe Gotha Road, a service road connecting S.C. 35 with Dixiana Road to the west. Photo taken 04/15/12.
The first shield of Interstate 77 north precedes the bridge over Congaree Creek. The freeway traverses an area of wetlands between Exit 2 and the Congaree River. Photo taken 04/15/12.
Spanning the Congaree River next, I-77 travelers enter Richland County midway across the bridge. The Congaree flows southward from the confluence of the Broad and Saluda Rivers in Columbia 47 miles to the Wateree River at Lake Marion. Photo taken 04/15/12.
Bending northeast, Interstate 77 enters the one mile approach to Exit 5 with South Carolina 48 (Bluff Road) near Arthurtown. S.C. 48 enters Columbia from Gadsden, 15 miles to the southeast. The state highway ends eight miles from there at U.S. 601 in Wateree. Photo taken 04/15/12.
South Carolina 48 heads 5.7 miles north from the diamond interchange with Interstate 77 to end at U.S. 21-76-176-321 (Elmwood Avenue) north of downtown Columbia. Along the route is Williams Brice Stadium (home of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks), the State Fairgrounds and Capital City Stadium. Photo taken 04/15/12.
A three-quarter cloverleaf interchange (Exits 6A/B) lies one mile east of South Carolina 48 with South Carolina 768 (Shop Road) on I-77 north. Photo taken 04/15/12.
A fourth northbound lane accompanies Interstate 77 from Exits 5 to 6A. South Carolina 768 travels a 4.8-mile route west from U.S. 76 & 378 (Garners Ferry Road) along Pineview Road to Shop Road and South Beltline Boulevard west to S.C. 48 (Bluff Road). Photo taken 04/14/12.
Exit 6A departs Interstate 77 north for South Carolina 768 (Shop Road) east. Shop Road constitutes a four-lane divided highway between South Beltline Boulevard and Pineview Road to mainline serve industrial areas. Photo taken 04/14/12.
An unusual sign placement sees placards for Interstate 77 north and Shop Road west (Exit 6B) affixed to the S.C. 768 overpass. Photo taken 04/14/12.
Shop Road continues north from South Carolina 768 and South Beltline Boulevard as an alternate route to S.C. 48 (Bluff Road) to Arthurtown and George Rogers Boulevard near Williams Brice Stadium. Photo taken 04/14/12.
Curving northward, Interstate 77 approaches Exit 9 with both U.S. 76-378 (Garners Ferry Road) and South Carolina 262 (Leesburg Road). The two intersect just west of the freeway with a folded diamond interchange facilitating the movements at Garners Ferry Road and a parclo interchange with Leesburg Road. A collector distributor roadway exists on I-77 north with the two arterial routes. Photo taken 04/14/12.
U.S. 76 & 378 jointly travel 41 miles eastward to the city of Sumter. Northwest into Columbia, the pair follow Garners Ferry Road to Devine Street and Millwood Avenue. Use Exit 9 for the USC School of Medicine and the WJB Dorn Veterans Medical Center. Photo taken 04/15/12.
The Exit 9 c/d roadway splits with the ramp to U.S. 76 & 378 (Garners Ferry Road). U.S. 76 & 378 continue 5.3 miles west to downtown Columbia, where U.S. 76 turns north onto Bull Street. Photo taken 04/14/12.
Exit 9B directly connects I-77 north with South Carolina 262 (Leesburg Road) east. The 15-mile state route lines the southern periphery of Fort Jackson to its end at U.S. 601. Photo taken 04/14/12.
South Carolina 760 provides one of two routes directly into Fort Jackson from Interstate 77 at the forthcoming diamond interchange (Exit 10). Photo taken 04/14/12.
Strom Thurmond Boulevard east from Exit 12 is the main gate to Fort Jackson. Trucks bound for the base and those attending graduation should follow I-77 north to Exit 15 (S.C. 12) to access Gate 4 via Boyden Arbor Road south. Photo taken 04/14/12.
Fort Jackson Boulevard carries all 1.1 miles of South Carolina 760 east from U.S. 76 & 378 (Devine Street) to Fort Jackson Gate #1. Use S.C. 760 west to Devine Street and Beltline Boulevard (S.C. 16) for the Beltline Campus of Midlands Technical College. Photo taken 04/14/12.
Shield assembly posted South Carolina 760 west from Exit 10 of I-77 north. Just to the right is Kings Grant Drive, the last turn off before Fort Jackson Boulevard enters the Army base. Photo taken 04/14/12.
Interstate 77 straddles the western edge of Fort Jackson from Exit 10 north to Exit 15 (South Carolina 12). This shield, since replaced with a neutered version, preceded the Exit 12 diamond interchange by one mile. Photo taken 03/12/00.
Exit 12 links the Southeastern Beltway with Strom Thurmond Boulevard (formerly Imboden Street) east and Forest Drive west. Construction of I-77 replaced Forest Drive as the entry point to Fort Jackson. The arterial was realigned to become Strom Thurmond Boulevard as it links the freeway with the city of Forest Acres. Photo taken 04/14/12.
Forest Drive becomes a part of South Carolina 12 west from Percival Road to Forest Acres and Columbia. The state highway parallels I-77 northeast to Exit 16. Photo taken 04/14/12.
Decker Boulevard branches northwest from a wye interchange (Exit 13) with Interstate 77 to U.S. 1 (Two Notch Road) at Dentsville in one mile. Photo taken 04/14/12.
Reassurance marker for Interstate 77 north posted after Exit 12. Photo taken 04/14/12.
Northbound Interstate 77 at the split with Decker Boulevard (Exit 13). Decker Boulevard provides a route to the town of Arcadia Lakes and Columbia Place Mall. The arterial becomes Parklane Road north of U.S. 1 (Two Notch Road) to S.C. 277 (Northeastern Expressway) and S.C. 555 (Farrow Road). Photo taken 04/14/12.
South Carolina 12 (Percival Road) crosses paths with Interstate 77 at a parclo interchange (Exits 15A/B) in one mile. Photo taken 04/14/12.
Boyden Arbor Road passes over I-77 north. Attached to the overpass is the first guide sign for Exit 16, Interstate 20. The two freeways meet at a high-speed directional cloverleaf interchange in 1.5 miles. Photo taken 04/14/12.
The final Fort Jackson exit from the Southeastern Beltway directs motorists onto South Carolina 12 (Percival Road) south to Boyden Arbor Road. S.C. 12 otherwise lines the north boundary of Fort Jackson to Spears Creek Church Road and Screaming Eagle Road. Photo taken 04/14/12.
Overall a 36-mile route, South Carolina 12 ventures east from Interstate 77 (Exit 15A) to U.S. 601, south of Lugoff. Photo taken 04/14/12.
Exit 15B loops onto Percival Road west from Interstate 77 north. Exit 16 follows from the right lane to Interstate 20 west to Lexington and Augusta, Georgia and east to Camden and Florence. Photo taken 04/14/12.
Interstate 77 turns northwestward from S.C. 12 to Interstate 20 (Exit 16) on a 1987-opened freeway. Interstate 20 stretches 141 miles across the Palmetto State as part of a 1,539 mile route from West Texas to Fort Worth, Dallas, Shreveport, Jackson, Birmingham and Atlanta. Photo taken 04/14/12.
Interstate 77 leaves the Columbia Beltway at Interstate 20 and reduces from six to four travel lanes through Exit 16. 75 miles separate the Interstate junction with the North Carolina state line and city of Charlotte. Photo taken 04/14/12.
Exit 16 partitions into a high flyover west and a c/d roadway east to the adjacent diamond interchange with Alpine Road. Interstate 20 east ends in 65 miles at Interstate 95 and the city of Florence. Westward Interstate 20 travels 76 miles to the Georgia state line at North Augusta. Photo taken 04/14/12.
U.S. 1 (Two Notch Road) is an older commercial arterial leading northeast from Columbia to Dentsville to Interstate 77 at Weddell. I-77 spans Windsor Lake ahead of the parclo interchange (Exit 17) with Two Notch Road. Photo taken 12/20/13.
Traffic to U.S. 1 (Two Notch Road) parts ways with Interstate 77 north at the Trenholm Road overpass. Photo taken 12/20/13.
U.S. 1 continues east as a heavily commercialized route, including the sprawling Village at Sandhill retail center, to Pontiac. Photo taken 12/20/13.
One mile further north on Interstate 77 is the merge with South Carolina 277 (Northeastern Expressway) north and the Exit 19 folded diamond interchange with South Carolina 555 (Farrow Road). Photo taken 04/14/12.
Interstate 77 crosses Jackson Creek and Edgewater Drive ahead of the Exit 19 off-ramp to S.C. 555. The state highway totals 15.1 miles from U.S. 1-76-378 (Gervais Street) in Columbia northeast on parallel alignments to both the S.C. 277 freeway and I-77 north to U.S. 21 near Blythewood. Photo taken 04/14/12.
Exit 19 circumvents a wye interchange with S.C. 277 to a loop ramp for Farrow Road. South Carolina 555 serves interests to Carolina Research Park, the S.C. Archives & History Center and Midlands Technical College. Photo taken 04/15/12.
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Heading away from Columbia, Interstate 77 continues seven miles to Blythewood in northern Richland County and 85 miles to downtown Charlotte. Photos taken 06/01/12.
Killian Road travels east-west from U.S. 21 (Wilson Boulevard) to South Carolina 555 (Farrow Road) at Killian. A diamond interchange joins the road with Interstate 77 at Exit 22. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Killian Road was recently relocated onto a new alignment from east of Interstate 77 to Clemson Road. Clemson Road and Killian Road comprise a belt route from Killian southeast to U.S. 1 near Pontiac and Exit 80 of Interstate 20. Photo taken 06/01/12.
U.S. 21 ventures north from Columbia to meet Interstate 77 for the first time since the southern terminus at Exit 24 in one mile. Photo taken 06/01/12.
U.S. 21 (Wilson Boulevard) stays east of Interstate 77 from Exit 24 to Blythewood to Exit 77. I-77 and U.S. 21 parallel one another generally to Wytheville, Virginia. Photo taken 06/01/12.
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Ridgeway is the next destination featured on northbound mileage sign at ten miles out via I-77 north to S.C. 34 east. The freeway reduces from six to four lanes on this stretch. Photos taken 06/01/12.
A diamond interchange (Exit 27) joins Interstate 77 with Blythewood Road in one mile. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Blythewood Road arcs west from U.S. 21 (Main Street) at Blythewood to Exit 27 and U.S. 321 (Winnsboro Road). Photo taken 06/01/12.
Travelers on Interstate 77 north leave the forest suburbs of Columbia behind for good as the freeway enters Fairfield County. Photo taken 06/01/12.


Photo Credits:

  • 03/12/00 by Robb Ellis.
  • 04/14/12 by AARoads.
  • 04/15/12 by AARoads.
  • 06/01/12 by AARoads.
  • 12/20/13 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 20
Highway 35

Page Updated 09-18-2014.