Interstate 85 Business (Spartanburg, South Carolina)

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Interstate 85 Business marker

Interstate 85 Business
Route information
Maintained by SCDOT
Length: 8.0 mi[1] (12.9 km)
Existed: 1995 – present
Major junctions
South end: I‑85 near Wellford
  I‑26 near Spartanburg
I‑585 / US 176 near Spartanburg
North end: I‑85 near Spartanburg
Location
Counties: Spartanburg
Highway system

Interstate 85 Business is a Business Loop of the Interstate Highway System and a freeway, running along the old route of Interstate 85 through Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States. It is the only freeway to connect with Interstate 585, which is now an isolated piece of the Interstate Highway System (as Business Loops are not considered part of the IHS[2]).

Route description[edit]

History[edit]

This is one of two separate freeway segments to carry the Business I-85 designation. The other segment exists in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, and it was also a former alignment of I-85. The old exit numbers are gone.[3]

Established in 1995 when Interstate 85 was placed on new freeway bypassing north of Spartanburg. The old alignment, which was originally built as a Super two for US 29, was upgraded to a 4-lane freeway when Interstate 85 was established, in 1959. In 1962, US 29 was realigned back through downtown Spartanburg. Since 1959, few improvements have been made along the route, which is why it is labeled a substandard freeway.[3][4][5][6]

Spartanburg civic leaders in 2000 proposed that it become Interstate 685, but was turned down by SCDOT because of cost of upgrades. As a compromise, the signage was amended calling it a "Freeway Loop" at both end points along Interstate 85.[7]

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Spartanburg County.

Location Mile km Old exit[1][3] New exit Destinations Notes
  0.0 0.0 I‑85 south – Greenville Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Spartanburg 0.8 1.3 69 1 Road 41 (North Blackstock Road)
1.7 2.7 70 2 I‑26 – Columbia, Asheville Signed as exits 2A (east) and 2B (west)
2.1 3.4 71 2C Road 525 (Fairforest Road)
3.1 5.0 72A 3 SC 295 (New Cut Road)
3.6 5.8 72B 4A Viaduct Road Southbound exit only
4.0 6.4 72C 4B SC 56 (Asheville Highway) Signed as exit 4 northbound; Roundabout interchange
4.4 7.1 73A 5A I‑585 south / US 176 east (Pine Street)
4.6 7.4 73B 5B US 176 west – Inman Southbound exit and northbound entrance
4.6 7.4 74 5B Milliken Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance
5.7 9.2 75 6 SC 9 (Boiling Springs Road)
7.0 11.3 76 7 Road 191 (Bryant Road)
  8.0 12.9 I‑85 – Greenville, Charlotte Northbound exit and southbound entrance
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing