Interstate 385 links Interstate 26 and the capital city of Columbia with Mauldin and Greenville. The 42-mile freeway begins in a rural area outside Clinton and ends east of Downtown Greenville at U.S. 276. An unsigned business spur along East North Street links the freeway end with the central business district.

Interstate 385 consisted of a just a spur leading west into Greenville from a trumpet interchange with Interstate 85 by S.C. 146 (Woodruff Road). The designation was extended southward by 1985 to Simpsonville and Laurens when the Golden Strip Freeway opened between Interstate 85 and the pre-existing U.S. 276 freeway leading south from Mauldin.

Interstate 385 underwent reconstruction and expansion to six lanes in Greenville between June 2001 and fall of 2004. Work added a lane in each direction within the freeway median, narrowing the separation between the two roadways while still accommodating raised landscaping. Other work included the removal of two of the four loop ramps at the S.C. 291 interchange to eliminate weaving traffic patterns and the replacement of low-clearance overpasses.

The southern 15 miles of Interstate 385 were reconstructed between January 4, 2010 and July 2010 at a cost of $60-million.1 Construction closed the northbound direction of the freeway from January to April 25 so that crews could remove old asphalt and replace it with new concrete and shoulders. Work shifted to the southbound side for similar rebuilding. This work preceded a two-year $65-million project to rebuild and expand 5.5 miles of I-385 between Simpsonville and Greenville.2,3

Interstate 385 Highway Guides

Business Spur I-385

Business Spur I-385 extends the I-385 mileage 0.49 miles from Boyce Avenue to U.S. 29 (Church Street) at unsigned S.C. 183 (East North Street). The route was shielded at U.S. 276 until 2003, when the last sign for the spur came down. The route otherwise provides a direct connection from the freeway to U.S. 123 (Academy Street), the Bon Secours Wellness Arena and Downtown via the South Carolina 183 couplet of Beattie Place west and East North Street.


Interstate 385 scenes
Fairview Road north at the loop ramp onto Interstate 385 north in Simpsonville. Photo taken 05/31/07.
Georgia Road and Interstate 385 came together at an antiquated parclo interchange (Exit 29) with ramps that tied into the adjacent frontage roads (Industrial Drive to the east and Grandview Drive to the west). Construction underway between 2005 and 2007 revamped the interchange to modern standards while also relocating the frontage roads away from the realigned Georgia Avenue. This assembly was posted at Industrial Drive south and I-385 north on then two-lane Georgia Road. Photo taken 12/08/99.
Roper Mountain Road utilizes a seven-lane wide bridge over Interstate 385 at the diamond interchange with the freeway. Pictured here is the southbound on-ramp. Photo taken 08/07/13.
Span wire supported sign (since removed) that preceded the southbound on-ramp to I-385 from South Carolina 291 (Pleasantburg Road) south. The signalized turn replaced a loop ramp in 2004 as part of the I-385 expansion project through Greenville. Photo taken 10/02/04.
South Carolina 291 (Pleasantburg Drive) spans I-385 across an eight-lane wide bridge at Exit 40. This span-wire assembly above S.C. 291 (Pleasantburg Drive) for I-385 north to downtown was also removed. Photo taken 07/23/04.
A historic look at the button copy sign posted at the loop ramp from S.C. 291 north onto I-385 north. Photo taken 10/15/01.
Business Spur Interstate 385 was signed at the U.S. 276 (Laurens Road / Stone Avenue) interchange with I-385 until 2003. Construction relocated the southbound off-ramp slightly north across Richland Creek from its previous departure point opposite Richland Way. When work was done this assembly was replaced without a Business Spur shield. Photo taken 10/15/01.
Drivers along U.S. 276 (Stone Avenue) east saw this Business Spur I-385 shield assembly directing traffic onto the northbound on-ramp to East North Street and Downtown. It was not retained in sign replacements following the 2004 completion of the Exit 42 rebuild. Photo taken 10/15/01.

Sources:

  1. "I-385 closure rerouting business into Spartanburg." Herald-Journal, January 11, 2010.
  2. "Construction crews to begin I-385 lane shift." Herald-Journal, April 25, 2010.
  3. "New construction on northern end of Interstate 385." Herald-Journal, November 5, 2010.


Photo Credits:

  • 12/08/99 by AARoads.
  • 10/15/01 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 07/23/04 by AARoads.
  • 10/02/04 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 05/31/07 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.
  • 08/07/13 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 26
Interstate 85
Interstate 185
U.S. 276

Page Updated 01-29-2016.