CHEROKEE, SC (FOX Carolina)- Crews are scheduled to start work on the Exit 95 interchange on September 28, as part of the I-85 widening project, according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT).

Officials said the goal of these upgrades is to rebuild and modernize exit 95 with a new bridge and ramps to improve traffic flow. 

Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall said in a press release, “The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is working to modernize this interchange as well as the rest of the 21-mile-long I-85 corridor through Spartanburg and Cherokee counties – an $830 million investment for this vital part of South Carolina’s transportation system."

During construction, ramps at exit 95 and Pleasant School School Road over I-85 will close on Tuesday. These closures are expected to last around 9 months. The length of this closure will depend on weather conditions and utility issues, said officials.

Drivers who want to use exit 95 will need to take exit 96 instead. To get to Gaffney, drivers will need to use Exit 96 to SC-18.

Exit 95 closing (2)

A look at the detour used during this closure (SCDOT, September 26, 2021)

To access Pleasant School Road or UPS, drivers can use Exit 96 and get onto Wilcox Avenue. 

Exit 95 closing (1)

A look at the detour used during this closure (SCDOT, September 26, 2021)

SCDOT officials announced the detours that drivers will need to take as crews work on the project

According to SCDOT, the new Pleasant School Road bridge will accommodate six lanes of traffic below. This growth will allow the interstate to widen in the future. 

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