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More widening work to begin Monday on Upstate I-385

More road-widening work is scheduled for a part of Interstate 385. The state Transportation Department announced Thursday that weather permitting, widening will begin Monday, January 3, on a 5.5 mile stretch of the heavily-travelled road between Simpsonville and Greenville.

Dale Williams, the DOT project manager explains, “We’re keeping two lanes open as much as we can all the time and we’re not reducing the speed limit at this time. We’re trying to keep traffic moving. And all of our work right now will be at night.

The $65 million project includes repaving and installing a median barrier wall. Construction is expected to take 30 months. Earlier work on 15 miles of the south end of I-385 was completed in July. Transportation Department officials say 60,000 motorists use the road everyday and they expect that to increase to 80,000 by 2028.

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