Cherokee Co. officials calling for changes to I-85; SCDOT responds

Cherokee Co. officials calling for changes to I-85; SCDOT responds (FOX Carolina)

CHEROKEE COUNTY, SC (FOX Carolina)- The South Carolina Department of Transportation says that entrance and exit ramps at Exit 83 on the interstate will be closed in order to widen ramp reconstruction in the southbound section along I-85. 

The department says that they expect the first five miles of the chute between mile markers 81 and 86 will be "significantly" removed in less than 90 days. SCDOT says they will provide regular updates on the project. 

The department confirmed that it is continuing to improve truck restriction signage near the North Carolina state line and will reinforce its messaging near the project's work zone. 

SCDOT says it is asking drivers to slow down and obey the new 35 miles per hour speed limit for southbound area of the I-85 work zone.

South Carolina Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall released a statement on the project. 

“We greatly appreciate the rapid response of our national highway work zone experts, the S.C. Department of Public Safety, and local law enforcement for their collaboration as SCDOT and our contractor develop and implement these initiatives. We still have much work to do, but SCDOT is committed to improving the safety of this work zone and updating the community on our progress on a regular basis.”

PREVIOUSLY: Cherokee Co. coroner reacts to SCDOT changes to I-85 chute

                     SCDOT lowers speed limit on I-85 along construction project, lowers "chute" to 35 mph.


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