Interstate 385 links Interstate 26 and the capital city of Columbia with Greenville and
Interstate 85. The 42.16 mile freeway ends east of downtown Greenville as Business Spur 385 (North Street). This six lane arterial links the freeway with U.S. 29 (Church Street) near the BiLo Center at U.S. 123. Southward Interstate 385 saw its terminus originally at Interstate 85. The freeway alignment between Mauldin and Clinton (Interstate 26) at the same time carried the U.S. 276 designation. For a short period these two freeways existed independently of one another. However by 1982, the gap was bridged and thus Interstate 385 grew to its current length.
Interstate 385 is undergoing reconstruction with a planned widening to six lanes in
the Greenville area. Began June 2001, this project is expected to conclude Fall of 2004. It encompasses the expansion of the roadway from Interstate 85 north to the Bi-Lo Center near Downtown. The existing median will be built upon with the addition of a concrete barrier and raised median for future landscaping. Additionally a portion of this project entails the conversion of the South Carolina 291 interchange from a full cloverleaf to a partial cloverleaf to eliminate the current scenario of weaving traffic patterns. The South Carolina 291 overpass is one of many that will be replaced to increase the height clearance. The northeast loop of the Interstate 85 interchange will also be improved.
The guide to Interstate 385 is divided into two separate pages: