Interstate 95 in South Carolina

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This article is about the section of Interstate 95 in South Carolina. For the entire length of the highway, see Interstate 95.

Interstate 95 marker

Interstate 95
Route information
Maintained by SCDOT
Length: 198.8 mi[1] (319.9 km)
Existed: 1968 – present
Major junctions
South end: I‑95 at the GA line near Hardeeville
  I‑26 near Bowman
I‑20 / I‑20 Bus. in Florence
North end: I‑95 at the NC line near Rowland, NC
Location
Counties: Jasper, Hampton, Colleton, Orangeburg, Clarendon, Dorchester, Sumter, Florence, Darlington, Marlboro, Dillon
Highway system
SC 93 SC 97

Interstate 95 is a major Interstate Highway, running along the East Coast of the United States from Florida to Maine. In South Carolina, I-95 runs approximately parallel to the Atlantic Ocean shore although about 50 miles (80 km) inland, from Hardeeville in the south to Dillon in the northeast.

Route description[edit]

The southern gateway to I-95 in South Carolina

For the most part, the 198-mile (319 km) drive is fairly benign, passing through the pine forests, farmlands, and blackwater streams and swamps of the Coastal Plain. However, a few landmarks do exist to break up the monotony. Crossing from the south from Georgia just over the Savannah River bridge, motorists are greeted to an elaborate gateway into the state of South Carolina. The Juanita M. White Crosswalk also exists between exits 18 and 21.[2] A flyover on twin high-spans over Lake Marion provides an unexpected scenic break in the center of the highway's length. Moving further north and out of the Palmetto State, the NC state line is prominently marked by the South Of The Border amusement complex at the US 301/501 exit. Local traffic parallel to the interstate uses US 301 from South Of The Border to Santee, US 15 from Santee to Walterboro, and a combination of US 17 and US 17 Alt from Walterboro to the Georgia state line north of Savannah. In addition, Interstate 95 shares a number of concurrencies, or multiplexes, with three of these U.S. Routes at various stretches in South Carolina.

The old US 15-301 bridge runs along the west side of I-95 and is used for recreational purposes.

Dedicated and memorial names[edit]

Interstate 95 in South Carolina feature numerous dedicated or memorialized bridges, interchanges and stretches of freeway.

  • Blue Star Memorial Highway – Official South Carolina honorary name of Interstate 95 throughout the state. Markers are located at both welcome centers.[3]
  • Jacob Ham, Jr. Highway – Is a dedicated 2-mile (3.2 km) portion of Interstate 95 located in Darlington County, north of Florence. Dedicated in October, 2013, it is in honor of Lance Corporal Jacob Ham, Jr., who served as a trooper with the South Carolina Highway Patrol for 12 years until his death in 1998.[4][5][6]
  • Mark H. Coates Highway – Is a dedicated 1-mile (1.6 km) portion of Interstate 95 located in Jasper County near Hardeeville and extends one-half mile on both sides of mile marker 7. In May 1997, the South Carolina General Assembly passed a resolution to designate this section of Interstate 95 in honor of Lance Corporal Mark Hunter Coates, who served as a trooper with the South Carolina Highway Patrol from 1987 until his death in 1992.[7] Coates, who was a native of Lexington County, South Carolina was fatally shot on mile marker 7 on November 20, 1992 during the course of a traffic stop.[8][9]

History[edit]

I- 95 bridge-causeway over Lake Marion at Santee; the old (bypassed road) bridge-causeway is used as fishing pier.

Interstate 95 first appeared on state maps between 1962-1964, with construction from US 17 north of Hardeeville to Ridgeland. By 1967, more sections were under construction, including Pocotaligo to Walterboro and Santee to the North Carolina state line. The first section to officially open happened in 1968, from SC 527, near Gable, to SC 9/SC 57, in Dillon.

In 1971-1972, more sections of Interstate 95 was completed: Going north from SC 9/SC 57, in Dillon, to the North Carolina state line. Going south from SC 527, near Gable, along the recently completed 1968-built Lake Marion bridge, to US 321 Connector, in Santee (exit 97).[10] Also part of US 17 between Ridgeland (exit 22) to near Yemassee (exit 33) was combined with Interstate 95, with temporary status through Coosawhatchie; Interstate 95 then continued on new freeway north to SC 63, in Walterboro.

By 1975, Interstate 95 was open continuously from US 17, in Hardeeville, to SC 63, in Walterboro; temporary exits were removed around Coosawhatchie. In 1976, the two sections of Interstate 95 were connected, from SC 63, in Walterboro, to US 321 Connector, in Santee (exit 97). In same year, exit numbers were added along Interstate 95. The last section of Interstate 95 was completed in 1978, connecting US 17, in Hardeeville, south to the Georgia state line.

In 1990, exit 21 was added, for what was then US 278, now SC 336. Between 1998-2000, exit 153, Honda Way, was added. In 2003, Interstate 95 was widened to six-lanes from just south of Interstate 20 to north of SC 170, around Florence.[11]

Future[edit]

Various small projects along the route are scheduled to fix various intersections and replace bridges along route, but no major projects scheduled. Discussions of possibly converting Interstate 95 into a toll road have met with resistance, especially within SCDOT; however if both North Carolina and Georgia changed Interstate 95 into a toll road, then they would consider it as well.[12]

Local leaders in Hardeeville are pushing for a new exit 3, at Purrysburg Road, for a proposed RiverPort Business Park. Project is currently still in the planning stage with no time frame or official confirmation from SCDOT at this time.[13][14]

Additionally, community planners in Walterboro have been hinting at the desire for an I-95 business loop between Exits 53 and 57, along SC 63, US ALT 17, US 15, and SC 64.[15]

Welcome centers and rest areas[edit]

A welcome sign at the Northbound Welcome Center in Hardeeville.
  • Northbound truck weigh station near milemarker 3
  • Southbound truck weigh station at milemarker 4
  • Northbound Welcome Center south of exit 5.
  • Parking areas at exit 18 for trucks only, reopened in 2008.
  • Hendersonville Rest Areas between exits 42 and 53 in both directions.
  • Northbound former truck weigh station near milemarker 74
  • Southbound parking area for trucks only near milemarker 74, reopened in 2008.
  • Santee Rest Area between exits 98 and 102, northbound only.
  • Lake Marion Travel Information Center between exits 98 and 102, southbound only.
  • Shiloh Rest Areas between exits 135 and 141 in both directions.
  • Pee Dee Rest Areas between exits 170 and 181 in both directions; closed in spring 2010.
  • Southbound Welcome Center north of exit 193.

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Jasper State line 0.0 0.0 I‑95 south – Savannah Crosses over the Savannah River; continuation into Georgia
Hardeeville 5.1 8.2 5 US 17 to US 321 – Hardeeville
8.2 13.2 8 US 278 – Beaufort, Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Parris Island
  18.0 29.0 18 Bees Creek Road – Switzerland
Ridgeland 20.8 33.5 21 SC 336 – Ridgeland
22.4 36.0 22 US 17 south – Ridgeland South end of US 17 overlap
  28.3 45.5 28 SC 462 – Coosawhatchie
  33.0 53.1 33 US 17 north – Charleston, Beaufort, Port Royal North end of US 17 overlap
Hampton Yemassee 38.2 61.5 38 SC 68 – Yemassee, Hampton, Varnville
Colleton   42.4 68.2 42 US 21 – Yemassee, Orangeburg
Walterboro 53.6 86.3 53
SC 63 to US 17 Alt. – Walterboro
To Tuskegee Airmen Monument
57.5 92.5 57 SC 64 – Walterboro, Lodge
  62.6 100.7 62 Road 34
  68.4 110.1 68 SC 61 – Canadays, Branchville
Dorchester Edisto River 68.8 110.7 Bridge over Edisto River
St. George 76.7 123.4 77 US 78 – St. George, Branchville
  82.3 132.4 82 US 178 – Harleyville, Bowman
Orangeburg   85.8 138.1 86 I‑26 – Charleston, Columbia Signed as exits 86A (east) and 86B (west); cloverleaf interchange
  90.5 145.6 90 US 176 – Holly Hill, Cameron
  93.0 149.7 93 US 15 – Holly Hill
  96.9 155.9 97 US 15 south / US 301 south – Orangeburg South end of US 15 and US 301 overlap
Santee 98.3 158.2 98 SC 6 – Eutawville, Santee, Elloree To Santee State Park
Clarendon Lake Marion 99.8 160.6 Bridge over Santee River/Lake Marion
  102.0 164.2 102 US 15 north / US 301 north / Road 400 – North Santee North end of US 15 and US 301 overlap
Summerton 108.2 174.1 108 Road 102 – Summerton
  114.7 184.6 115 US 301 – Manning, Summerton
  119.0 191.5 119 SC 261 (Paxville Highway) – Manning, Paxville
  122.1 196.5 122 US 521 – Sumter, Manning, Alcolu
  132.4 213.1 132 SC 527 – Sardinia, Bishopville, Kingstree
Sumter   135.5 218.1 135 US 378 – Turbeville, Sumter, Lake City
  141.1 227.1 141 SC 53 / SC 58 – Shiloh To Woods Bay State Natural Area
  145.9 234.8 146 SC 341 – Lake City, Lynchburg, Olanta
Florence   149.9 241.2 150 SC 403 – Sardis, Timmonsville
  153.7 247.4 153 Honda Way – Timmonsville
Florence 157.5 253.5 157 US 76 (West Palmetto Street) – Florence, Timmonsville
160.7 258.6 160 I‑20 west / I‑20 Bus. east (David McLeod Boulevard) – Florence, Columbia Signed as exits 160A (east) and 160B (west)
  164.4 264.6 164 US 52 (Lucas Street) – Florence, Darlington
Darlington
No major junctions
Florence   169.0 272.0 169 TV Road – Quinby, Florence
  170.7 274.7 170 SC 327 – Florence, Marion, Myrtle Beach To Francis Marion University and Florence Airport
Pee Dee River 175.2 282.0 Bridge over Pee Dee River
Marlboro
No major junctions
Dillon   181.7 292.4 181 SC 38 – Latta, Marion, Bennettsville Signed as exits 181A (east) and 181B (west)
  I‑73 Proposed interchange[16][17]
  190.5 306.6 190 SC 34 – Dillon
Dillon 193.3 311.1 193 SC 9 / SC 57 – Dillon, Little Rock, Bennettsville
State line 198.8 319.9 1 US 301 / US 501 – Rowland, Laurinburg North Carolina exit 1 at state line
198.8 319.9 I‑95 north – Lumberton, Fayetteville Continuation into North Carolina
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google Inc. "Interstate 95 in South Carolina". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=I-95+N&daddr=I-95+N&hl=en&ll=33.806538,-80.820923&spn=3.819898,7.13562&sll=32.234493,-81.152079&sspn=0.015192,0.027874&geocode=Ffvg6wEdGLwp-w%3BFfVzDgIdZNpF-w&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=16&t=p&z=8. Retrieved April 7, 2013.
  2. ^ South Caroline General Assembly 1993-1994(Bill #1355)
  3. ^ "South Carolina Garden Club - Blue Star Memorial Program". Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Road dedicated to SC Highway Patrolman". Associated Press (Florence, SC: CarolinaLive.com). October 14, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Lance Corporal Jacob Ham, Jr.". Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Lance Corporal Jacob Ham, Jr., South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina". Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ Bill 4102, South Carolina General Assembly, 112th Session, 1997-1998, May 8, 1997
  8. ^ "Lance Corporal Mark Hunter Coates". Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Trooper Mark Hunter Coates, South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina". Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  10. ^ "I-95 Lake Marion Bridge (Clarendon County, 1968)". Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Mapmikey's South Carolina Highways Page: Interstate 95". Retrieved April 7, 2013. [unreliable source]
  12. ^ Smith, Tim (February 12, 2012). "Tolls on I-95 creeping closer to South Carolina drivers". GreenvilleOnline.com (Greenville, SC). Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  13. ^ Ports Panel Backs Interstate Exit (Hardeeville Today; Riverport, South Carolina)
  14. ^ Saunders, Gwyneth (March 17, 2012). "Exit 3 plan important to future of Hardeeville". Savannah Morning News (Savannah, GA). Retrieved February 7, 2013. 
  15. ^ City of Walterboro – I-95 Business Loop Streetscape Corridor
  16. ^ Staff. "Project Status: Northern Project". I-73 Environmental Impact Study. South Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 7, 2013. 
  17. ^ South Carolina Department of Transportation (PDF). I-73 Northern Map (Map). Latta inset. http://www.i73insc.com/download/northernpage/latta.pdf. Retrieved February 7, 2013.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing


Interstate 95
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