Interstate 85 South - Cherokee County

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Interstate 85 south
Welcome to South Carolina sign posted as Interstate 85 south exits Grover, NC for Cherokee County. Photo taken 08/06/13.
U.S. 29 crosses paths with Interstate 26 at a parclo interchange (Exit 106) just south of the state line. The highway paralleled I-85 southwest from Exit 4 through Grover.
South from Exit 106, U.S. 29 continues to the town of Blacksburg and the Cherokee County seat of Gaffney. Photo taken 08/06/13.
The first reassurance marker posted for Interstate 85 south in the Palmetto State. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Interstate 85 winds westward and spans a Norfolk Southern Railroad line on the 0.75-mile approach to Exit 104 with Tribal Road. Photo taken 08/06/13.
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Sign changes made by 2013 replaced Road 99 with Tribal Road for the Exit 104 diamond interchange. Tribal Road (Road 99) leads north to Hollyridge Road, which runs west to S.C. 198, and south to U.S. 29. Photo taken 12/30/08. Second photo taken 08/06/13.
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A South Carolina welcome center and rest area resides between Exits 104 and 102 along I-85 south. Photos taken 08/06/13.
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Interstate 85 lines the north side of Whitaker Mountain by the rest area and tourist information center. The age of the freeway shows with a narrow right of way and no inside shoulders. This stretch of highway was built as a bypass for U.S. 29 before the Interstate System came into existence. Photos taken 08/06/13.
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South Carolina 5 north and 198 south come together to end at their overpass above Interstate 85 and Exit 102. S.C. 198 continues North Carolina 198 south from Earl while N.C. 5 follows Mountain Street on the outskirts of Blacksburg. Photo taken 12/30/08. Second photo taken 08/06/13.
South Carolina 5 travels 20 miles east from Exit 102 to the York County seat of York. Overall the state highway totals 52.5 miles to U.S. 521 southeast of Rock Hill.
S.C. 198 and NC 198 total 6.8 miles from I-85 north to NC 180 just outside Patterson Springs. Photo taken 08/06/13.
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Entering the Exit 102 diamond interchange with South Carolina 5 (Mountain Street) south and South Carolina 198 north on I-85 south. Frontage roads (Rocky Springs / Henson Roads) stem west from the state highway pair, providing part of the connection with the freeway. Photo taken 12/30/08. Second photo taken 08/06/13.
Older shield assemblies posted at the Exit 102 ramp end for South Carolina 5 (Mountain Street) south and S.C. 198 north. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 85 bypasses Blacksburg to the north to Exit 100. Photo taken 08/06/13.
The city of Gaffney is next along I-85 south in nine miles. Spartanburg follows in less than 30 minutes. Photo taken 08/06/13.
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One mile east of the Exit 100 diamond interchange with Blacksburg Highway (old S.C. 5) along Interstate 85 south. A Norfolk Southern Railroad trestle passes overhead. Photo taken 12/30/08. Second photo taken 08/06/13.
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Exit 100 departs from the Interstate 85 bridge over Buffalo Creek for Blacksburg Highway. Blacksburg Highway winds southeast to become Carolina Street in Blacksburg. Northward the former route of South Carolina 5 concludes at North Carolina 18 (Shelby Highway), nine miles south of Shelby, North Carolina. Photo taken 12/30/08. Second photo taken 08/06/13.
Interstate 85 south presses toward a crossing of the Broad River on the six-mile approach to Gaffney. Greenville is 53 miles to the west via I-385 north from Exit 51C. Photo taken 08/06/13.
South Carolina 18 (Shelby Highway) branches southwest from Blacksburg Highway to span the Broad River ahead of a diamond interchange (Exit 96) with Interstate 85. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Exit 96 departs Interstate 85 south for South Carolina 18 (Shelby Highway). S.C. 18 turns west from the end of South Carolina 329 nearby to join Limestone Street into Gaffney. S.C. 329 provides an easterly bypass of Gaffney to South Carolina 105. Photo taken 08/06/13.
South Carolina 18 (Limestone Street) lines the south side of I-85 while Wilcox Avenue parallels the north side to Exit 95. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Pleasant School Road (Road 82) connects Interstate 85 with adjacent South Carolina 18 as it turns southwest into Gaffney while frontage roads (Wilcox Avenue and Hampshire Drive) lead west from Road 82 to North Carolina 150 (Boiling Springs Highway). Photo taken 08/06/13.
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A three-quarter diamond interchange joins Interstate 85 with Pleasant School Road (Road 82) at Exit 95. Road 82 encircles Lake Whelchel to the north en route to Ellis Ferry Road, east of Grassy Pond and North Carolina 150. There is no direct access between I-85 and S.C. 150, which comprises a 203-mile multi-state route with N.C. 150 between U.S. 158 near Locust Hill and S.C. 56 near Glenn Springs. Photo taken 12/30/08. Second photo taken 08/06/13.
Interstate 85 skims northern reaches of the Gaffney city limits ahead of and beyond forthcoming Exit 92. Photo taken 08/06/13.
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South Carolina 11 starts its 120-mile trek in Gaffney at the intersection of South Carolina 150 (Limestone Street) and Frederick Street (S.C. 18) in Uptown Gaffney. The state route leads northwest from Frederick Street onto Floyd Baker Boulevard to meet I-85 in one mile. Photo taken 12/30/08. Second photo taken 08/06/13.
South Carolina 11 doubles as the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway west from Exit 92 though to Cowpens National Battlefield, Chesnee, New Prospect, Campobello, and Gowensville to its end at Exit 1 of Interstate 85. Photo taken 08/06/13.
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A six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 95) joins Interstate 85 with South Carolina 11 north (Chesnee Highway) to Chesnee and Floyd Baker Boulevard south into Gaffney. Photo taken 12/30/08. Second photo taken 08/06/13.
The town of Cowpens is the next southbound destination of Interstate 85 at ten miles out. Spartanburg lies west of there along U.S. 29. Photo taken 08/06/13.
A 135 foot tall water tower appears just west of Exit 92 along the north side of Interstate 85. The "Peachoid" was built in 1981 and designed to appear as a peach to represent the then peach orchards that were prevalent in the Gaffney area.1 Photo taken 08/06/13.
South Carolina 105 (Hyatt Street) begins at the next exit of Interstate 85 south. The 33-mile state highway travels a rural path south from Gaffney to Draytonville, Wilkinsville and S.C. 49, west of Lockhart. Photo taken 08/06/13.
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Exit 90 leaves Interstate 85 south for Hyatt Street north to S.C. 11 (Chesnee Highway) at Old Post Road and South Carolina 105 (Hyatt Street) southeast to S.C. 150 (Limestone Street) in Gaffney. Photo taken 12/30/08. Second photo taken 08/06/13.
Interstate 85 south sinks toward a crossing over Thicketty Creek. The upcoming bridge was replaced in 2002 and can accommodate six overall lanes. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Gaffney area rest areas along Interstate 85 permanently closed. The southbound facility was shuttered in 2010; the northbound area followed on June 3, 2011. SCDOT cited their proximity to commercial businesses for the closures.2 Photo taken 08/06/13.
One mile east of the Exit 87 diamond interchange with Green River Road (Road 39) at Macedonia on Interstate 85 south. Photo taken 08/06/13.
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Green River Road leads southward from Exit 87 of I-85 to U.S. 29 (Old Georgia Highway) at Thicketty. Northward Road 39 splits with Macedonia Road (Road 59) for the Thicketty Mountain area while Road 59 branches northwest to South Carolina 110, south of Cowpens National Battlefield. Photo taken 12/30/08. Second photo taken 08/06/13.
South Carolina 110 travels 7.3 miles south from U.S. 221 Alternate and South Carolina 11 at Cowpens National Battlefield to cross paths with Interstate 85 near Exit 83. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Motorists along Interstate 85 south cross the Spartanburg County line on the approach to Exit 83 near Cowpens. Photo taken 08/06/13.


 

Sources:

  1. Peachoid @ Wikipedia.org.
  2. "I-85 northbound rest area to be closed." The Gaffney Ledger, May 5, 2011.


Photo Credits:

12/30/08, 08/06/13 by AARoads

Page Updated 09-05-2013.