Interstate 95 south
2015 traffic counts reduce from 48,000 vpd to 31,900 vpd on Interstate 95 leading south from I-20 to U.S. 76. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Interstate 95 straddles western reaches of the Florence city limits to the parclo A2 interchange (Exit 157) with U.S. 76 (Palmetto Street). Savannah, Georgia lies 171 miles to the southwest. Photo taken 01/01/17.
U.S. 76 branches southwest from Business Loop I-20 along a five-lane boulevard through suburban areas to meet Interstate 95 in one mile. U.S. 76 connects Florence with Sumter. Photo taken 01/01/17.
West from Exit 157, U.S. 76 travels four miles to the town of Timmonsville. The Florence County Forward Project included widening of the US route west to Timmonsville. Funded by a penny tax approved by voters in 2006, the expansion was completed in fall 2016.1 Photo taken 01/01/17.
With Florence now behind, Interstate 95 resumes across rural areas for the remainder of the drive through South Carolina. The ensuing stretch passes west of Morris Bay. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Passing below Alligator Road, this mileage sign predates construction of the diamond interchange with Honda Way north and Center Road south at Exit 153. Savannah is another 168 miles to the south via I-95 and connecting routes. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Exit 153 connects Interstate 95 with the adjacent Honda of South Carolina manufacturing plant. Photo taken 05/28/07.
Honda Way leads north from Exit 153 to U.S. 76 (Smith Street) in Timmonsville. Center Road extends the road south to Hollman Crossroads. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Curving southwest, Interstate 95 crosses Sparrow Swamp on the three mile drive to S.C. 403. Savannah is now 164 miles away. Photo taken 01/01/17.
One mile ahead of the diamond interchange (Exit 150) with South Carolina 403 at the Hill Street overpass. Photo taken 01/01/17.
South Carolina 403 (Cale Yarlborough Highway) leads north back to Timmonsville and south to the community of Sardis. The rural highway travels 36 miles overall from S.C. 341 at Camp Branch to U.S. 15 at Lees Crossroads. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Progressing southward, Interstate 95 passes through a mixture of forest and agricultural land ahead of the Lynches River. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Four miles closer to Savannah, the next exit along I-95 south is located three miles ahead with S.C. 341. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Interstate 95 enters Sumter County across the 1967-built bridges over the Lynches River. A diamond interchange joins the freeway with S.C. 341 one mile to the south. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Exit 146 leaves I-95 south for South Carolina 341 north to Lynchburg and south to Olanta and Lake City. A 93-mile highway, S.C. 341 concludes to the northwest at Kershaw (U.S. 521-601 Business) and to the east at Johnsonville (S.C. 41 & 51). Photo taken 01/01/17.
The third and final Sumter County interchange lies nine miles ahead with U.S. 378. Drivers continuing south will reach Savannah in 156 miles. Photo taken 01/01/17.
S.C. 53 and S.C. 58 combine through a diamond interchange (Exit 141) with I-95 along Narrow Payne Road. Shiloh is a small community 2.5 miles to the south along S.C. 58 (Pudding Swamp Road). Photo taken 01/01/17.
Exit 141 parts ways with Interstate 95 south for Narrow Payne Road. S.C. 53 and 58 crisscross through rural areas between U.S. 378 to the south and S.C. 341 to the north. Photo taken 01/01/17.
The first active rest area along I-95 southbound since Dillon is located west of Shiloh by the Mt. Sinai Church Road overpass. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Southbound I-95 reassurance marker posted ahead of Pudding Swamp. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Mileage sign posted 152 miles from Savannah. U.S. 378 crosses paths with I-95 in five miles as a five-lane arterial. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Rest areas operate in both directions of Interstate 95 at mile marker 139. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Advancing south from Hope Swamp, a forested median separates the freeway roadways over the next two miles. Photo taken 05/28/07.
U.S. 378 ventures six five miles east to U.S. 301 at Turbeville from the upcoming diamond interchange (Exit 135) with Interstate 95. A two-state route, U.S. 378 ends at Conway, 14 miles north of Myrtle Beach. Photo taken 01/01/17.
U.S. 378 provides the most direct route to the city of Sumter from Interstate 95 at Exit 135. The US Highway west combines with U.S. 78 along a freeway bypass to the north of the Sumter County seat in 11 miles. U.S. 76 & 378 overlap from there to Columbia. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Interstate 95 passes through forest land over the ensuing stretch to Exit 132. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Savannah is now just over a two hour drive during optimum driving conditions. The freeway however is periodically congested in the Low Country due to the advent of traffic from I-26. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Southbound travelers enter northern reaches of Clarendon County beyond the Skinner Road overpass. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Nearly a 66-mile highway, South Carolina 527 branches south from South Carolina 341 at Wisacky to South Carolina 41 near Andrews. The state highway meets I-95 at a diamond interchange (Exit 132) in one mile. Photo taken 01/01/17.
South Carolina 527 (Black River Road) heads 2.6 miles south from Exit 132 to U.S. 301 near the settlement of Sardinia. The Williamsburg County seat of Kingstree is a 22 mile drive to the southeast. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Interstate 95 plies across Black River Swamp just west of S.C. 527. Photo taken 01/01/17.
The Clarendon County seat of Manning represents the next destination city along I-95 south in 13 miles. Savannah follows in 142 miles. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Interstate 95 spans a series of five 1968-built bridges across Black River Swamp. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Curving southward after Tearcoat Branch, I-95 passes by agricultural areas over the next five and a half miles. Photo taken 05/28/07.
A tree lined median separates traffic along Interstate 95 southbound after the Durant Road overpass. Photo taken 05/28/07.
A community interchanges identification sign outlines the three interchanges for Manning. Manning lies at the crossroads of U.S. 301 and U.S. 521, two miles east of Interstate 95. Photo taken 01/01/17.
U.S. 521 (Sumter Highway) parallels a CSX Railroad line through the forthcoming folded diamond interchange (Exit 122) with Interstate 95 at Alcolu. Photo taken 01/01/17.
U.S. 521 travels just 177 miles from U.S. 17 in Georgetown north to Manning, Sumter, Camden, Lancaster and Interstate 485 in south Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Continuing south, motorists along Interstate 95 cross the first of three bridges over wetland areas of Pocotaligo River. These spans were built in 1967. Photo taken 01/01/17.
S.C. 261 (Paxville Highway) crosses paths with I-95 in two miles. Drivers reach Savannah in 131 miles. Photo taken 01/01/17.
One mile north of the diamond interchange (Exit 119) with S.C. 261 (Paxville Highway) at the Old Georgetown Road overpass on I-95 south. S.C. 261 travels east to Kingstree and U.S. 701 at Yuhannah as part of a 117-mile route. Photo taken 01/01/17.
S.C. 261 (Paxville Highway) leads two miles east to Boyce Street through Downtown Manning. The state highway extends west seven miles to U.S. 15 at the town of Paxville. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Interstate 95 advances southwest from Manning across large tracts of pine forest. Photo taken 01/01/17.
A town of around 1,000, Summerton is the next destination for southbound travelers along Interstate 95. Savannah is now 128 miles away. Photo taken 01/01/17.
U.S. 301 splits with U.S. 521 in Downtown Manning to follow Sunset Drive southwest to the city line. The US Highway bee lines another 3.7 miles to meet I-95 for the first time since the North Carolina state line. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Beyond Exit 115, U.S. 301 (Alex Harvin Highway) switches sides with Interstate 95 and continues another 4.7 miles to Main Street through Summerton. Photo taken 01/01/17.
A six mile exit less stretch takes Interstate 95 southwest to the outskirts of Summerton. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Interstate 95 travels 16 miles to the Orangeburg town of Santee and 124 miles toward Savannah, Georgia. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Buff Boulevard links I-95 with U.S. 15 & 301 (Church Street) north to the Summerton business district from forthcoming Exit 108. Photo taken 01/01/17.
U.S. 15 & 301 parallel I-95 southwest from Buff Boulevard to St. Paul and Cantey Bay off Lake Marion. South from Exit 108, Buff Boulevard becomes M.G. Hemingway Road to Biff Davis Road, west of Davis Crossroads. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Reassurance marker posted ahead of Little Toweaw Creek along Interstate 95 southbound. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Mileage sign posted nine miles from Santee and 117 miles from Savannah, Georgia. Photo taken 01/01/17.
U.S. 15 & 301 converge with Interstate 95 by Santee National Wildlife Refuge at Exit 102 in one mile. The two routes overlap with I-95 south across Lake Marion. Photo taken 01/01/17.
A trumpet interchange (Exit 102) connects Interstate 95 with adjacent St. Paul Road, U.S. 15 & 301 north back to Summerton. St. Paul Road south ends just to the west at the closed Francis Marion Bridge. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Interstate 95 & U.S. 15-301 south
With the Francis Marion Bridge closed to vehicular traffic, U.S. 15 & 301 overlap with Interstate 95 south to Santee. The pair are omitted on reassurance shields however. Photo taken 01/01/17.
A second South Carolina welcome center for Interstate 95 south resides just west of Lake Marion in 1.5 miles. Photo taken 01/01/17.
The largest lake in the Palmetto State, Lake Marion was formed by Santee Dam along the Santee River in 1941.2 Photo taken 01/01/17.
U.S. 15 & 301 formerly crossed the adjacent Francis Marion Bridge along the north side of I-95. Built in the 1940s, the span is open for fishing and will become a part of the 500 mile Palmetto Trail for hikers and bicyclists.3 Photo taken 01/01/17.
The substandard bridges carrying Interstate 95 across Lake Marion total 4,500 feet in length. The bridges date back to 1968.4 Photo taken 01/01/17.
Exit 98 joins I-95 & U.S. 15-301 with South Carolina 6 (Old Number Six Highway) by Lake Marion Golf Course and Santee State Park in one mile. The north-south highway parallels the I-26 corridor northwest from Moncks Corner 116 miles to Lexington. Photo taken 01/01/17.
The Santee rest area for Interstate 95 south lies across from Bass Drive (old U.S. 15-301) and the Chapel Branch arm of Lake Marion. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Entering the diamond interchange (Exit 98) with South Carolina 6 on I-95 south. S.C. 6 links the freeway with U.S. 15 Connector (Bass Drive) south through Santee on the eight mile drive north to Elloree. The town of Eutawville is located nine miles to the east at S.C. 45. Photo taken 01/01/17.
U.S. 15 & 301 part ways with Interstate 95 south at Exit 97. Construction from 2014 to 2017 expanded the interchange into a six-ramp parclo with a new roadway leading east to S.C. 6. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Exit 97 was closed during work to reconfigure the interchange at Five Chop Road. U.S. 15 & 301 split just to the west at Bass Drive (U.S. 15 Connector). U.S. 301 constitutes a four-lane corridor west 23 miles to Orangeburg while U.S. 15 represents a local route south around Gibson Bay. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Interstate 95 south
Ten miles remain before Interstate 95 gains traffic from Interstate 26 and points north to Charlotte and the Great Lakes. Savannah is still over 100 miles out. Photo taken 01/01/17.
U.S. 15 (Bass Drive) arcs south from U.S. 301 to cross paths with Interstate 95 again at Exit 93. The US route intersects S.C. 210 west from Vance nearby. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Interstate 95 southbound at the diamond interchange (Exit 93) with U.S. 15. U.S. 15 continues three miles south to a five point intersection with U.S. 178 and S.C. 45 at Wells before turning southwest and paralleling I-95 for the remainder of its route to Waltersboro. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Reassurance marker posted between U.S. 15 and U.S. 176 on Interstate 95 south. Photo taken 01/01/17.
U.S. 176 runs west from Exit 90 to Providence and east to Wells from a diamond interchange (Exit 90) with I-95 in one mile. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Exit 90 departs I-95 south for U.S. 176 (Old State Road). U.S. 176 travels seven miles southeast to Holly Hill and northwest 17 miles to Cameron. The US highway shadows Interstate 26 from Whitmire to its southern terminus at Goose Creek. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Mileage sign posted south of Providence Swamp for the exchange with I-26 (three miles) and Savannah (100 miles). Photo taken 10/13/14.
Interstate 95 crosses Four Hole Swap on the two mile approach to the full cloverleaf interchange (Exits 86B/A) with Interstate 26. Photo taken 01/01/17.
I-26 is designated as the James F. Byrnes Memorial Freeway stateway on its 221-mile trek from Charleston and the Low Country to Landrum in the Upstate. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Interstate 26 travels southeast along a rural route toward Summerville, where it expands into a busy commuter freeway leading to North Charleston. The freeway serves Charleston Naval Base and tourist traffic headed to Folly Beach and Sullivans Island. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Drivers heading north to Orangeburg, the capital city of Columbia, Greenville and Spartanburg part ways with Interstate 95 south at Exit 86B. I-26 ends in Kingsport, Tennessee. Photo taken 01/01/17.
Exit 86A loops onto Interstate 26 east for the final 52.29 miles leading to U.S. 17 south toward Downtown Charleston. Photo taken 01/01/17.


 

Sources:

  1. "Businesses feel effects of Florence County widening projects." WMBF (Myrtle Beach, SC), February 13, 2015.
  2. Lake Marion (South Carolina), Wikipedia.org.
  3. "Palmetto Trail Connects Communities." WLTX, January 19, 2017.
  4. I-95 SB over LAKE MARION, Uglybridges.com.


Photo Credits:

05/28/07, 10/13/14, 01/01/17 by AARoads

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Page Updated 01-25-2017.