One of the shorter routes in the U.S. Highway system, U.S. 123 totals just 77.9 miles from U.S. 23 outside Toccoa, Georgia to Business Spur I-385 in Greenville, South Carolina. The highway enters South Carolina across Lake Hartwell along a two-lane alignment to the city of Westminster. There the route combines with U.S. 76 through the city center and eventually expands into a four-lane divided highway running east to the outskirts of Seneca.
U.S. 76 & 123 transition into a arterial along the north side of Seneca. The alignment bypasses Downtown and the associated street grid while remaining commercial. Advancing east, the pair approach the city of Clemson and cross the Seneca River arm of Lake Hartwell. U.S. 123 again lines a commercial arterial to the split with U.S. 76, which drops south to Anderson. East from there, U.S. 123 upgrades to a full freeway bypassing Central, Liberty and the west side of Easley.
Beyond the interchange with South Carolina 135 (Pendleton Street), U.S. 123 lines a busy commercial route through the rest of Easley to the junction with South Carolina 153. S.C. 153 leads motorists south to I-85 to bypass Greenville, while the US highway continues toward the Upstate's largest city.
The final stretch of U.S. 123 takes the highway east along Easley Bridge Road to an alignment encircling Downtown Greenville along Academy Street. The US route concludes at North Street (unsigned Business Spur I-385) at Williams Street, just east of U.S. 29 and west of Interstate 385.
Historically U.S. 123 turned east on Pendleton Street from Easley Bridge Road in Greenville to join Main Street north into Downtown. Current S.C. 124 west along Pendleton Street and Old Easley Highway was designated then as U.S. 123 Alternate.
U.S. 123 South Carolina Guides
|The southbound beginning of South Carolina 93 along East Main Street in Easley. U.S. 123 followed this route before shifting to southerly bypass of Easley, Liberty and Central. Photo taken 12/31/08.|
12/31/08 by AARoads
Page Updated 02-04-2016.