Interstate 85 North - Greenville County

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Interstate 85 U.S. 29 North
Frontage roads accompany both sides of Interstate 85 as the freeway approaches the directional cloverleaf interchange (Exit 42) with Interstate 185 and the Southern Connector. The 13.69-mile toll road opened to traffic on February 27, 2001 as an alternate route for motorists headed to Columbia. Photo taken 01/13/16.
The final set of reassurance markers for I-85 & U.S. 29 as the two split at forthcoming Exit 42. This overlap dates to at least 1968. Photo taken 01/13/16.
Similar to the configuration on Interstate 85 south, I-85 northbound expands to four lanes with an auxiliary lane leading to Exit 42. Upgraded by 1999, the upcoming I-85 & 185 junction originally consisted of a wye interchange with access only available from I-85 north to I-185 north and from I-185 south to I-85 south. Construction began on the interchange expansion by 1996. Photo taken 01/13/16.
The Southern Connector encircles the south side of the Greenville area by Golden Grove and Donaldson Center Airport (GYH) east as a bypass of the city for I-385 and commuter route to Mauldin, Simpsonville and Fountain Inn. Photo taken 01/13/16.
The 13.7-mile long Southern Connector was built to expand economic growth on the south side of the Greenville area while also providing a bypass route for Interstate 385 bound traffic to Laurens, Clinton and Columbia (via I-26). Photo taken 01/13/16.
Northbound Interstate 85 at the split with U.S. 29 (Exit 42). Until 1999, this interchange represented the southern terminus of Interstate 185. Photo taken 01/13/16.
U.S. 29 leaves Interstate 85 north at Exit 42 for a 2.7-mile overlap with I-185 to Mills Avenue at Henrydale Drive. Mills Avenue carries the route northeast to Church Street, which U.S. 29 follows through Downtown Greenville and the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Augusta Street north from U.S. 29 (Mills Avenue) leads drivers to Floor Field, a 5,700-seat minor league baseball stadium. Photo taken 01/13/16.
Interstate 85 North
Exit 44 is the second of six Greenville interchanges from Interstate 85. The six-ramp parclo interchange joins I-85 with U.S. 25 (White Horse Road) in one mile. Photo taken 01/11/04.
Interstate 85 elevates to pass over a CSX Railroad on the half mile approach to Exit 44 for U.S. 25 (White Horse Road). A collector distributor roadway facilitates the movements to White Horse Road while also providing access from a half diamond interchange with South Carolina 20 (Exit 44A from I-85 south). Photo taken 01/11/04.
Exit 44 departs the Interstate 85 mainline after the S.C. 20 (Piedmont Highway) underpass. The two interchanges with Piedmont Highway and White Horse Road were reconstructed by the late 1990s. Work included the addition of two loop ramps from U.S. 25 to I-85. Photo taken 01/11/04.
Although there is no Exit 44A on I-85 north, the U.S. 25 off-ramp carries the designation of Exit 44B as the c/d roadway prepares to split. Photo taken 01/11/04.
U.S. 25 sign bridge posted above the Exit 44B off-ramp. U.S. 25 once split between two components through the city of Greenville area. White Horse Road represents the original U.S. 25 Bypass alignment while U.S. 25 Business threaded the city via Augusta Road, Main Street, and Rutherford Street. The split configuration was eliminated in the late 1990s as U.S. 25 overtook the Bypass alignment. Photo taken 01/11/04.
U.S. 25 shield and guide sign assembly (since replaced) posted at the end of the Exit 44B ramp. The north-south highway links the city of Greenville with the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center (SCTAC), Donaldson Center Airport (GYH) and Greenwood, 49 miles to the south. Photo taken 01/11/04.
1990s reconstruction of Interstate 85 upgraded Interstate 85 to include at least six through lanes with two-lane collector distributor roadways handling movements to forthcoming Augusta Road, Pleasantburg Drive (S.C. 291) and Mauldin Road. Photo taken 01/11/04.
Interstate 85 northbound at the Exit 46 c/d roadway for parclo interchanges with Augusta Road, South Carolina 291, and Mauldin Road. Photo taken 01/11/04.
Traveling the c/d roadway, drivers reach the Exit 46A off-ramp to Augusta Road (former U.S. 25 Business). Augusta Road leads north to U.S. 29 (Church Street) and South Main Street outside the Greenville central business district. Southward the road merges with Pleasantburg Drive nearby. Photo taken 01/11/04.
The Exit 46B loop ramp to South Carolina 291 (Pleasantburg Drive) north follows into the city of Greenville toward Nicholson, Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) and Exit 40 of I-385. Photo taken 01/11/04.
Exit 46C traffic diverges from Interstate 85 onto Mauldin Road. Mauldin Road comprises an arterial roadway east from Augusta Road to Butler Road ahead of the city of Mauldin. Photo taken 01/11/04.
Distribution and other industrial businesses flank the south side of Interstate 85 as the freeway approaches a full cloverleaf interchange (Exits 48A/B) with U.S. 276 (Laurens Road). Photo taken 01/11/04.
One quarter mile out from the Exit 48A off-ramp for U.S. 276 (Laurens Road) east. Laurens Road consists of a commercial boulevard northward from I-85 into central Greenville. The divided highway south from Exit 48 provides a direct route into the Mauldin city center via Main Street. Photo taken 01/11/04.
Exit 48A leaves Interstate 85 north for U.S. 276 (Laurens Road) east. The US highway ends 5.6 miles to the southeast at the confluence of Interstates 185 and 385. Historically the route continued southeast to Fountain Inn, Simpsonville, Gray Court and Laurens. Photo taken 01/11/04.
Original button copy overheads, replaced in 2003, at the Exit 48A ramp departure for U.S. 278 east. Laurens Road becomes Main Street upon entering the city limits of Mauldin. Photo taken 2001.
Exit 48B departs for U.S. 276 (Laurens Road) westbound. Laurens Road becomes Stone Avenue, which encircles the central business district of Greenville to Rutherford Street, at the last exit of Interstate 385. Rutherford Street takes the US highway north toward Travelers Rest. Photo taken 01/11/04.
The 2003 removed button copy overhead for Exit 48B (U.S. 276 west). Photo taken 2001.
Interstate 85 crosses Laurel Creek and the former Seaboard Railroad line just east of U.S. 276. Millennium Boulevard and Carolina Point Parkway parallel the south side of I-85 to Woodruff Road. Development, including the TD Convention Center, lines the boulevards. Photo taken 08/07/13.
The first guide sign appears for Interstate 385, a 42.20-mile freeway between downtown Greenville and Interstate 26 near Clinton, 1.5 miles out from Exits 51B/C. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Meeting Interstate 85 north next is South Carolina 146 (Woodruff Road) at a parclo interchange (Exit 51A) in 1.25 miles. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Presently a directional cloverleaf interchange joins Interstates 85 and 385 at Exit 51. Road work planned for 2014-17 addresses congestion issues by replacing the two loop ramps with new flyovers. Additional work in the $245-million project will add c/d roadways along I-385 from I-85 south to its interchange with Woodruff Road. Photo taken 08/07/13.
South Carolina 146 runs 33.2 miles from Greenville to Cross Anchor. Locally the highway constitutes a busy commercial arterial east from Greenville to Exit 51A and Five Forks. Photo taken 08/07/13.
All movements to both South Carolina 146 (Exit 51A) and Interstate 385 (Exits 51B/C) depart from a collector distributor roadway. Interstate 85 continues with six through lanes otherwise. Photo taken 08/07/13.
The button copy version of the Interstate 385 (Exit 51) guide sign for the c/d roadway beginning. Completed in 1962, the eastern freeway spur into Greenville began at a trumpet interchange with Interstate 85. It was not until 1982 that I-385 saw extension southward to Mauldin and onto the U.S. 276 corridor. Photo taken September 2000.
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Exit 51A leaves the c/d roadway for South Carolina 146 (Woodruff Road). Retail encompasses all areas between Woodruff Road and adjacent Interstate 385 along both sides of I-85, adding to area congestion. Photos taken 08/07/13.
Interstate 385 encircles the city of Mauldin to the southeast before overtaking the original U.S. 276 freeway at Simpsonville. The freeway accommodates six lanes of traffic to near Exit 24 in Fountain Inn. South from there I-385 traverses rural environs by Gray Court and Laurens to end at Interstate 26 outside Clinton. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Entering the six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 54) with Pelham Road on Interstate 85 north. This east-west arterial emanates from East North Street in Greenville and leads east over Butler Hill to suburban areas to I-85. East from Exit 54, Pelham Road continues through a series of industrial parks to Batesville and S.C. 14 south of Pelham. Photo taken 01/11/04.
A look at the original one-mile guide sign for the original diamond interchange with South Carolina 14. South Carolina 14 travels north-south between Simpsonville, Pelham, Interstate 85, Greer, Landrum, and Interstate 26 near the North Carolina state line. Photo taken 2001.
Batesville Road passes over Interstate 85 on the one-mile approach to Exit 56. The forthcoming interchange was upgraded to a single point urban interchange (SPUI) by 2003. It represents the first of its type in the state of South Carolina. Photo taken 06/01/07.
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Exit 56 parts ways with Interstate 85 south for South Carolina 14. S.C. 14 runs 59.2 miles from Laurens to Fountain Inn to Landrum. The stretch southeast from Fountain Inn overlays the former route of U.S. 276. Photo taken 01/11/04. Second photo taken 06/01/07.
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Ascending the Exit 56 off-ramp, two lanes join S.C. 14 north by Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) to Main Street and downtown Greer. Pelham and Batesville reside nearby to the south. Photos taken 01/11/04.
A ground-level sign remains in use for the upcoming trumpet interchange (Exit 57) with Aviation Parkway north to the passenger terminal of GSP International Airport. Interstate 85 crosses the Spartanburg County line within the S.C. 14 SPUI. Photo taken 06/01/07.


Photo Credits:

  • September 2000 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 2001 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 01/11/04 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 06/01/07 by AARoads.
  • 08/07/13 by AARoads.
  • 01/13/16 by Carter Buchanan.

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Interstate 185
Interstate 385

Page Updated 01-22-2016.