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Interstate 385 North
Interstate 385 veers west from I-26 via a left exit. Photo taken 12/31/13.
The first reassurance marker for I-385 quickly follows as the freeway crosses over the eastbound lanes of I-26. Photo taken 12/31/13.
The city of Laurens, seat of Laurens County, lies nines miles to the southwest of Interstate 385 along the old U.S. 276 corridor (S.C. 14). Downtown Greenville is a 43 mile to the north. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Frontage roads accompanies I-385 on the one mile approach to South Carolina 308 at Long Branch. Photo taken 12/31/13.
The South Carolina General Assembly passed legislation on March 19, 2003 naming I-385 through Laurens County the Veterans Memorial Highway. The name honors and remembers veterans of the county.1 Photo taken 12/31/13.
A parclo interchange (Exit 2) links the freeway with South Carolina 308 three miles north of Clinton. South Carolina 308 extends north of Interstate 385 another eight miles to a conclusion with U.S. 221 at the settlement of Ora. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Interstate 385 traverses a series of hills rising to 650 feet above sea level on the northwesterly turn from S.C. 308 (Exit 2). Photo taken 12/31/13.
Motorists proceeding northward will reach Laurens in seven miles via the next exit and Greenville in 41 miles. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Frontage roads connect local roads severed by construction of the original U.S. 276 freeway just east the diamond interchange (Exit 5) with South Carolina 49. Photo taken 12/31/13.
A rarity on the Interstate system, a forthcoming left side rest area services both directions of I-385 within the freeway median beyond Exit 5. Photo taken 12/31/13.
South Carolina 49 is part of a multi-state route that begins at U.S. 221 in Wattsville and concludes in southern Virginia. S.C. 49 travels 78.7 miles northeast to Cross Anchor, Union, York and Lake Wylie. Photo taken 12/31/13.
I-385 parallels Duncan Creek to the south as the roadways separate to accommodate the left side rest area. Photo taken 12/31/13.
19,200 vehicles per day (vpd) were recorded by SCDOT on the stretch between Exits 5 and 9 in 2014. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Westbound travelers reach the off-ramp for the Laurens county rest area. Photo taken 12/31/13.
U.S. 221 crosses paths with Interstate 385 at a folded diamond interchange (Exit 9) north of Laurens and south of Ora. A number of industrial businesses, including distribution centers for Michelin Tires and Wal-mart, are located nearby. As a result, ramps joining I-385 with U.S. 221 were improved. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Leading south from Exit 9, U.S. 221 travels through the heart of Laurens along Harper Street, intersecting U.S. 76 Business (Main Street) at Downtown. Northward U.S. 221 travels seven miles to the community of Enoree and 15 miles to Woodruff. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Interstate 385 turns more northerly beyond U.S. 221. Photo taken 12/31/13.
South Carolina 14 runs northwest from Laurens to Gray Court along the former alignment of U.S. 276. S.C. 101 joins I-385 with the town in six miles. Greenville is now around a half hour away. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Metric Road (Road 23) meanders west from U.S. 221 to meet Interstate 385 at a parclo B2 interchange (Exit 10) in one half mile. Photo taken 12/31/13.
The second guide sign for Metric Road (Road 23) was taken down by late 2013. Beyond Exit 10, Metric Road continues to South Carolina 14 at Barksdale. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Reassurance marker posted for I-385 north of the Metric Road on-ramp. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Interstate 385 ventures five miles north to a diamond interchange (Exit 16) with South Carolina 101 outside Gray Court. Greenville is 32 miles to the north. Photo taken 12/31/13.
The freeway lowers into a broad valley fed by Warrior Creek along a forested stretch east of Gray Court. Photo taken 12/31/13.
One mile south of Exit 16 with South Carolina 101 on I-385 north. South Carolina 92 passes overhead en route from its beginning in Gray Court east to Lanford. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Exit 16 departs Interstate 385 north for S.C.101. The state route travels nine miles north to the Spartanburg County city of Woodruff and 56 miles overall between Hickory Tavern (U.S. 76) and S.C. 11 in northern Greenville County. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Interstate 385 gains frontage roads leading north from South Carolina 101, The west side road serves an adjacent quarry while the eastern service road remains with the freeway to Fountain Inn. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Fountain Inn represents the southern extent of the Greenville metropolitan area, with a number of subdivisions and industrial businesses dotting the area in seven miles. Downtown Greenville is another 20 miles to the north beyond the city of around 8,000. Photo taken 12/31/13.
South Carolina 14 (former U.S. 276) runs along a CSX Railroad line from Laurens, Gray Court and Owings north to a trumpet interchange (Exit 19) with Interstate 385. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Exit 19 loops away from I-385 north for S.C. 14 south to the settlement of Owings. The freeway north overtakes a portion of the original U.S. 276 alignment between Exits 19 and 22. Photo taken 12/31/13.
South Carolina 14 shares an implied overlap with Interstate 385 north to Laurens Road at Exit 22. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Interstate 385 North South Carolina Highway 14 West
The state route rejoins old U.S. 276 through the Fountain Inn city center, four miles ahead. Greenville is now 24 miles away. Photo taken 12/31/13.
A split diamond interchange joins I-385 north with S.C. 14 leading north along Laurens Road and Main Street through the city of Fountain Inn. S.C. 14 remains along former U.S. 276 to Simpsonville. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Exit 22 leaves Interstate 385 north for South Carolina 14 north and Laurens Road. S.C. 14 travels 59 miles overall, leaving old U.S. 276 at Simpsonville for Greer, Landrum and Interstate 26 near the North Carolina state line. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Interstate 385 North
Interstate 385 elevates along a sweeping curve north over Laurens Road, a Carolina Piedmont Railroad line and Old Laurens Road. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Service roads accompany I-385 for the remainder of the drive along the original U.S. 276 freeway north to Mauldin. Pictured here is the 0.75-mile guide sign for the diamond interchange (Exit 23) with South Carolina 418. Photo taken 12/31/13.
This I-385 shield stands just north of the on-ramp from Old Laurens Road and Hunts Bridge Road. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Industrial businesses line both sides of Interstate 385 as the freeway enters Greenville County. A concrete barrier replaces the cable barrier and grassy median northward to S.C. 146 (Woodruff Road). Photo taken 12/31/13.
South Carolina 418 leads west from I-385 and Fountain Inn to end at U.S. 25 opposite South Carolina 8 at Ware Place. South Carolina 8 continues the westward trajectory of S.C. 418 en route to the towns of Pelzer and West Pelzer. Photo taken 12/31/13.
A substandard parclo B2 interchange (Exit 23) joins Interstate 385 with Fairview Street in one mile. This is one of the few original interchanges remaining along the freeway northward to Mauldin. Photo taken 12/31/13.
North Woods Drive and North Nelson Drive accompany I-385 to serve a number of businesses and industrial parks through the Fountain Inn area. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Exit 24 ties into adjacent Woods Drive to provide access to Fairview Street east into Fountain Inn. Fairview Street east and Fairview Street Extension south to Milacron Drive represents the former alignment of South Carolina 418. Photo taken 01/13/16.
Traffic counts steadily increase as I-385 advances toward Greenville. 45,900 vehicles per day (vpd) were recorded between Exits 24 and 26 in 2014. Counts on I-385 topped out at 96,600 vpd north of I-85 in 2014. Photo taken 01/13/16.
Interstate 385 expands to six overall lanes ahead of the diamond interchange (Exit 26) with Harrison Bridge Road. Photo taken 01/13/16.
The first in a series of interchange sequence signs gives the distances to subsequent interchanges in the city of Simpsonville and for the Southern Connector (I-185). Photo taken 12/31/13.
Harrison Bridge Road stems west from South Carolina 14 (Main Street) to I-385 and suburban areas at Neely Ferry and Rocky Creek Roads. Photo taken 01/13/16.
I-385 passes between a pair of schools to the east and big box retail to the west to enter the Simpsonville city limits. A six ramp parclo interchange (Exit 27) follows with Fairview Road. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Fairview Road and Georgia Road connect I-385 with Simpsonville over the next 2.25 miles. U.S. 276 begins one mile outside the city of Mauldin. Photo taken 01/13/16.
Fairview Road comprises a commercial arterial leading south from adjacent S.C. 14 (SE Main Street) to Harrison Bridge Road. Further suburban development lines the road southward to S.C. 418. Photo taken 01/13/16.
Interstate 385 reassurance marker posted ahead of the Richardson Road overpass in Simpsonville Photo taken 01/13/16.
Interchange sequence sign posted 1.75 miles ahead of the split with U.S. 276 west at the Southern Connector (Interstate 185) and seven miles south of Interstate 85. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Exit 29 departs Interstate 385 next for Georgia Road east to Maple Street in Simpsonville and west to the Brashier Campus of Greenville Technical College and Fork Shoals Road. A wye interchange follows in 1.25 miles for U.S. 276 west to Interstate 185 (south). Photo taken 01/13/16.
Reassurance marker for Interstate 385 as the freeway climbs from Rocky Creek to Exit 30. Photo taken 12/31/13.
A second set of signs precedes the Exit 30 split with U.S. 276 west into Mauldin. I-385 was expanded through Simpsonville between 2005 and 2007. Photo taken 01/13/16.
U.S. 276 begins as a freeway and quickly sees a loop ramp for Standing Springs Road. Standing Springs Road connects the freeway with Old Stage Road to the east and West Georgia Road to the south. Photo taken 01/13/16.
The Southern Connector, constructed between 1998 and 2001, ties into the U.S. 276 freeway beginning at an adjacent wye interchange. The toll road also spurs east alongside I-385 to South Carolina 417 (NE Main Street), to provide access north to Greenville. Photo taken 01/13/16.
Interstate 385 turns northeast from U.S. 276 to next meet South Carolina 417 at Exit 31. S.C. 417 follows old U.S. 276 north from Simpsonville onto South Main Street through Mauldin. Photo taken 01/13/16.
South Carolina 417 travels 21.5 miles from U.S. 276 in Mauldin to S.C. 296 south of Spartanburg. The state route follows NE Main Street south from the diamond interchange (Exit 31) with I-385 to merge with South Carolina 14 into Downtown Simpsonville. Photo taken 01/13/16.
Interstate 385 encircles eastern reaches of Mauldin along the Golden Strip Freeway constructed from 1978 to 1985. Photo taken 01/13/16.
The next two exits lies within the city of Mauldin while the ensuing interchanges with Woodruff Road (S.C. 146) and Roper Mountain Road serve eastern reaches of Greenville. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Bridges Road (Exit 33) joins Interstate 385 with the east side of Mauldin and built up suburban areas of Greenville County near Five Forks. Photo taken 01/13/16.
Mileage sign posted four miles south of the directional cloverleaf interchange (Exit 36) with Interstate 85 and 11 miles southeast of Downtown Greenville. This sign was previously posted ahead of the Bethel Road overpass. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Entering the diamond interchange (Exit 33) with Bridges Road on I-385 north. Bridges Road links the freeway with Corn and Butler Roads at Mauldin High School to the west and Bethel Road to the east. Photo taken 01/13/16.
Butler Road arcs northeast from the Mauldin city center to cross paths with Interstate 385 at a diamond interchange (Exit 34) in 0.75 miles. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Exit 34 leaves Interstate 385 north for Butler Road. Butler Road continues northeast by the Brookfield Corporate Center to South Carolina 146 (Woodruff Road). S.C. 146 travels west from there to meet both Interstates 385 and 85. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Northbound reassurance marker posted as the six-lane freeway passes between a town home community and business park south of Smith Hines Road. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Interstate 385 turns west along its original alignment from I-85 with four interchanges in Greenville. The freeway ends in 7.75 miles. Photo taken 01/13/16.
South Carolina 146, a 33.2-mile route from Cross Anchor west to Woodruff, Five Forks and Greenville, meets Interstate 385 at a commercialized diamond interchange (Exit 35). Photo taken 01/13/16.
One half mile south of Exits 36A/B for Interstate 85 on I-385 north at the Woodruff Road overpass. Major construction underway from early 2016 to late 2018 as part of the I-85 & I-385 Gateway project adds a new collector distributor roadway starting ahead of S.C. 146 and leading to a new flyover ramp for I-85 south. Photo taken 01/13/16.
Interstate 85 leads east from Exit 36A to Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) nearby. The freeway reaches Spartanburg in 25 miles. Photo taken 01/13/16.
Roper Mountain appears to the north as Exit 36B departs for Interstate 85 south to Atlanta. This ramp will be replaced by a new flyover during 2016-18 road work. Photo taken 01/13/16.
Interstate 385 expands to four lanes to the diamond interchange (Exit 37) with Roper Mountain Road. Photo taken 12/31/13.
A good number of office buildings and retail surrounds Roper Mountain Road both north and south of I-385, as commercialized S.C. 146 (Woodruff Road) parallels I-385 just to the west. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Northbound I-385 at the two-lane off-ramp (Exit 37) for Roper Mountain Road. Roper Mountain Road winds east around Roper Mountain to the eastern suburbs near Five Forks. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Heavy development continues on both sides of Interstate 385 to the diamond interchange (Exit 39) with Haywood Road. Photo taken 12/31/13.
A reassurance marker precedes the Patewood Drive overpass along Interstate 385 north. The freeway was widened westward through Greenville from June 2001 to fall 2004. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Haywood Road heads south from Exit 37 to Haywood Mall and U.S. 276 (Laurens Road). Northward the five-lane arterial climbs over Butler Hill to East North Street at Howard Road. Photo taken 12/31/13.
A western turn takes Interstate 385 by northern reaches of Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) to Exits 40A/B with South Carolina 291 (Pleasantburg Drive). Photo taken 12/31/13.
South Carolina 291 constitutes an 11.40-mile loop east from U.S. 276 (Poinsett Highway) near Piney Mountain to U.S. 25 (White Horse Road) near Donaldson Center Airport (GYH). All of the route consists of a multi-lane arterial. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Exit 40A onto South Carolina 291 (Pleasantburg Drive) leads motorists north to U.S. 29 (Wade Hampton Boulevard) at Bob Jones University. Interests to Furman University should follow S.C. 291 to U.S. 276 north toward Travelers Rest. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Interstate 385 north at the ramp departure (Exit 40A) for South Carolina 291 (Pleasantburg Drive) north. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Pleasantburg Drive south from Exit 40B serves the TD Convention Center at Greenville Downtown Airport and Greenville Technical College. South Carolina 291 south also connects I-385 with the Arcadia Hills and Nicholtown neighborhoods. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Interstate 385 winds west through a valley north of Arcadia Hills on the one mile approach to U.S. 276. U.S. 276 travels a commercial arterial (Laurens Road) north from Mauldin to Nicholtown and Exit 42. East Stone Avenue continues the route around Downtown to the Viola Street neighborhood. Photo taken 12/31/13.
The last shield for Interstate 385 north. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Exit 42 leaves for U.S. 276 (Stone Avenue north / Laurens Road south) as Hillside Drive spans Interstate 385 at the Max Heller Gateway into Downtown. U.S. 276 follows Poinsett Highway to exit the city at the Brutontown community en route to Travelers Rest, Marietta and Caesars Head, the highest point in the Palmetto State. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Business Spur I-385 north
Speed limits reduce to 35 miles per hour as Interstate 385 transitions into unsigned Business Spur I-385 north (East North Street). Photo taken 12/31/13.
Business Spur I-385 extends the mileage of Interstate 385 from 42.16 to 42.65 miles. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Ascending toward Downtown Greenville along East North Street, drivers approach a signalized intersection with Williams Street south and Academy Street north. Academy Street doubles as U.S. 123 as it circumvents the central business district. Photo taken 12/31/13.
U.S. 123 begins a 75-mile route through Easley, Clemson, Seneca, Westminster and Toccoa, Georgia at Business Spur I-385. The US highway ends at U.S. 23 & 441 east of Clarkesville, GA. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Academy Street forms a four-lane boulevard encircling Downtown from the adjacent Bon Secours Wellness Arena to the bridge across the Reedy River. Photo taken 12/31/13.
Business Spur I-385 separates into a one-way couplet with Beattie Place carrying westbound drivers to U.S. 29 (Church Street) at S.C. 183. Photo taken 12/31/13.
A pedestrian bridge passes over Beattie Place from the adjacent Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville's indoor sports and concert venue. Two lanes turn left onto U.S. 29 ahead, which leads directly to Interstate 185 south of the city line. Photo taken 12/31/13.
U.S. 29 travels 30 miles south to Anderson and north to Spartanburg from the end of Business Spur I-385. South Carolina 183 extends Beattie Place west as an unsigned route to College Street. The state route goes for 54 miles from Greenville to Westminster. Photo taken 12/31/13.

Sources:
  1. S. 135 - STATUS INFORMATION, South Carolina General Assembly. 115th Session, 2003-2004.


Photo Credits:

  • 05/31/07 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.
  • 12/31/13 by AARoads.
  • 01/13/16 by Carter Buchanan.

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Page Updated 01-29-2016.