The state Department of Transportation Commission decided Thursday to proceed with a plan to close northbound lanes on Interstate 385 in Laurens County for up to eight months to lay a new concrete highway, despite criticism that it will negatively affect Greenville area businesses.
The commission was "sold on the idea that the overall plan was a good plan," said commission chairman Hugh Atkins of Spartanburg. Changing the plan would have "complicated" the process since a contract has been awarded, Atkins said.
The $45 million project will replace asphalt with 10-inch-thick concrete, widen medians, replace a bridge and raise six others along 15 miles of I-385 from Gray Court to the I-26 junction.
Beginning Jan. 4, northbound traffic on I-385 will be rerouted up I-26 to Spartanburg and down I-85 to Greenville. Southbound traffic lanes on I-385 will not close.