Interstate 20 in South Carolina
|J. Strom Thurmond Freeway|
|Maintained by SCDOT|
|Length:||141.51 mi (227.74 km)|
|Existed:||1964 – present|
|West end:||I‑20 at Georgia state line|
| I‑520 in North Augusta
I‑26 / US 76 in Columbia
I‑77 in Columbia
I‑95 near Florence
|East end:||I‑20 Bus. in Florence|
|Counties:||Aiken, Lexington, Richland, Kershaw, Lee, Darlington, Florence|
Interstate 20 (I-20) is a major thoroughfare cutting across the state of South Carolina, linking the state with important transportation and business hubs to the north, west and south, including Atlanta, Georgia, Charlotte, North Carolina (via Interstate 77), Savannah, Georgia (via Interstate 95) and Washington, D.C. (via Interstate 95).
Interstate 20 enters the Palmetto State after crossing the Savannah River from Augusta, Georgia. Known as the J. Strom Thurmond Freeway, the highway heads northeastward, bypassing Aiken and Lexington before reaching the state capital of Columbia. It was constructed in various stages beginning in late 1963, with the final section between SC-340 and the Business Spur opening in August 1975.
At Columbia, I-20 crosses the Saluda and Broad rivers and travels through the northern part of the city and turns eastward, bypassing Fort Jackson and Camden before reaching Florence. It is at Florence where I-20 sees its eastern terminus at Interstate 95. However, for about two miles (3 km), the highway continues to downtown Florence as Business Spur 20.
I-20 first appeared between 1964-1967, with its first section completed from SC 6, south of Lexington, to Spears Creek Church Road (S-40-53), south of Pontiac. A second section, from the Georgia state line to US 25/SC 121 was completed in 1967.  In 1968 or 1969, I-20 was extended east from Spears Creek Church Road (S-40-53) to US 601, south of Camden. In 1971, I-20 combined the two segments by completing the gap between US 25/SC 121 to SC 6. In 1973, I-20 was extended east to US 521. In 1974, it extended east again to US 15. In 1975, another extenstion east to US 401. And finally, in 1976, I-20 reached its destination with Interstate 95 and the city of Florence. Also same year exit numbers were installed.
The first proposals came early on when the I-20 was first routed in the state, with plans of possibly extending it east from Florence to Myrtle Beach. However, because Myrtle Beach at that time, was still in its infancy of becoming the tourist destination it later became, the state eventually widened US 76, US 501 and established SC 576 connecting the two US Highways in the 1970s.
In 2003, North Carolina Governor Mike Easley pushed forward a proposal to extend I-20 eastward from Florence to Wilmington, which became part of NCDOT's strategic transportation plan. The proposed routing would overlap I-20 along I-95 to the I-74/US 74 interchange, then travel east (concurrently with US 74) into Wilmington. In 2005, this proposal became part of the SAFETEA-LU transportation legislation, North Carolina received $5 million for a feasibility study for this extension.
While the extension had support by locals in North Carolina, with justification that a direct route from Atlanta to the Port of Wilmington could be a boom to the economy, this was not shared by officials in South Carolina. In 2009, soon after Governor Mike Easley left office, the proposed routing was removed from all NCDOT plans and has officially been dropped. The proposal was never officially discussed with SCDOT nor submitted to AASHTO and FHA for consideration.
Auxiliary routes in South Carolina
|Interstate 20 Business||Florence||Business spur||Boulevard grade throughout|
|Interstate 520||North Augusta and Augusta, Georgia||Partial beltway||Originally a spur, it is split between Georgia and South Carolina|
|Aiken||North Augusta||0.0||0.0||I‑20 west – Atlanta||Continuation into Georgia|
|1.2||1.9||1||SC 230 – North Augusta|
|4.9||7.9||5||US 25 / SC 121 – Edgefield, Johnston|
|5.6||9.0||6||I‑520 west – North Augusta, Augusta|
|11.1||17.9||11||Bettis Academy Road – Graniteville|
|Aiken||17.7||28.5||18||SC 19 – Aiken, Johnston, Edgefield|
|21.9||35.2||22||US 1 – Aiken, Ridge Spring|
|32.4||52.1||33||SC 39 – Wagener, Monetta, Ridge Spring|
|Lexington||38.7||62.3||39||US 178 – Pelion, Batesburg-Leesville|
|44.1||71.0||44||Road 34 – Gilbert|
|50.8||81.8||51||Longs Pond Road|
|Lexington||54.8||88.2||55||SC 6 – Swansea, Lexington||Signed as exits 55A (east) and 55B (west) westbound|
|57.5||92.5||58||US 1 – Lexington, West Columbia||To Columbia Airport|
|61.1||98.3||61||US 378 – West Columbia, Lexington|
|Richland||Columbia||63.2||101.7||63||Bush River Road|
|64.0||103.0||64||I‑26 / US 76 – Spartanburg, Charleston||Signed as exits 64A (east) and 64B (west)|
|65.0||104.6||65||US 176 (Broad River Road)|
|68.2||109.8||68||SC 215 (Monticello Road) – Jenkinsville|
|69.6||112.0||70||US 321 (Fairfield Road) – Winnsboro|
|71.0||114.3||71||US 21 (North Main Street)|
|72.1||116.0||72||SC 555 (Farrow Road)|
|72.7||117.0||73||SC 277 to I‑77 north – Columbia, Charlotte||Signed as exits 73A (south) and 73B (north)|
|73.9||118.9||74||US 1 (Two Notch Road)|
|75.5||121.5||76||I‑77 / Alpine Road – Charleston, Charlotte||Westbound signed as exit 76A (I-77) and exit 76B (Alpine Road); eastbound exit Alpine Road to I-77 north|
|81.5||131.2||82||Spears Creek Church Road – Pontiac|
|Kershaw||86.7||139.5||87||White Pond Road – Elgin|
|Lugoff||91.5||147.3||92||US 601 – Lugoff, Camden, St. Matthews|
|Camden||97.5||156.9||98||US 521 – Camden, Sumter, Rembert||To Camden Military Academy|
|Lee||107.5||173.0||108||Jamestown Road – Manville|
|Bishopville||115.8||186.4||116||US 15 – Sumter, Bishopville|
|119.7||192.6||120||SC 341 – Bishopville, Lynchburg, Elliott|
|122.4||197.0||123||Road 22 – Lamar||To Lee State Park|
|Darlington||130.6||210.2||131||US 401 to SC 403 – Timmonsville, Darlington, Hartsville, Sumter|
|137.0||220.5||137||SC 340 – Darlington, Timmonsville|
|Florence||Florence||141.2||227.2||141||I‑95 – Fayetteville, Savannah||Signed as exits 141A (north) and 141B (south)|
|141.5||227.7||I‑20 Bus. east – Florence||Continuation beyond I-95|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
Interstate 20 Business
|Location:||Florence, South Carolina|
|Length:||2.00 mi (3.22 km)|
Interstate 20 Business (I-20 Bus) is a 2.0-mile (3.2 km) four-lane boulevard grade business spur of I-20 along David H. McLeod Boulevard, between Interstate 95 and Palmetto Street (US 76). Construction began by 1969, completed in 1970, at has remained unchanged since inception.
|0.00||0.00||I‑20 west / I‑95 – Columbia, Fayetteville, Savannah||Continuation as I-20|
|2.00||3.22||US 76 (Palmetto Street) – Myrtle Beach, Timmonsville||To Francis Marion University|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- "Route Log and Finder List — Interstate System: Table 1". FHWA. Retrieved 2007-09-26.
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- South Carolina Department of Transportation (1963) (PDF). General Highway Map, Richland County, South Carolina (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. http://digital.tcl.sc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/scrm/id/441/rec/1. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
- South Carolina Department of Transportation (1967) (PDF). General Highway Map, Richland County, South Carolina (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. http://digital.tcl.sc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/scrm/id/456/rec/2. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
- South Carolina Department of Transportation (1967) (PDF). General Highway Map, Aiken County, South Carolina (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. http://digital.tcl.sc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/scrm/id/1/rec/1. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
- South Carolina Department of Transportation (1970) (PDF). General Highway Map, Richland County, South Carolina (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. http://digital.tcl.sc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/scrm/id/537/rec/3. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
- South Carolina Department of Transportation (1973) (PDF). General Highway Map, Aiken County, South Carolina (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. http://digital.tcl.sc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/scrm/id/69/rec/7. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
- South Carolina Department of Transportation (1976) (PDF). General Highway Map, Florence County, South Carolina (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. http://digital.tcl.sc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/scrm/id/176/rec/1. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
- Grainger, Kyle (February 19, 2009). "Why Interstate 73 and not I-20 to Myrtle Beach?". WMBF-TV (Myrtle Beach, SC). Retrieved June 5, 2014.
- My Reporter Column Question on I-20 Going to Wilmington, accessed 10/8/09
- Google Inc. "Business Spur 20". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=I-20+BUS+E&daddr=David+H+McLeod+Blvd&hl=en&ll=34.188447,-79.825673&spn=0.029713,0.055747&sll=34.190754,-79.8402&sspn=0.014856,0.027874&geocode=FaO7CQIdALI9-w%3BFSuoCQIdhTQ--w&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=16&t=p&z=15. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
- South Carolina Department of Transportation (1970) (PDF). General Highway Map, Florence County, South Carolina (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. http://digital.tcl.sc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/scrm/id/203/rec/1. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
- Media related to Interstate 20 in South Carolina at Wikimedia Commons
- Mapmikey's South Carolina Highways Page: I-20
- South Carolina @ Southeast Roads.com - Interstate 20
- I-20 in NC discussion on I-74 in North Carolina Progress Page, accessed October 4, 2005.
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