The I-85/I-385 Gateway project has received the Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’s Operations Excellence Award. The interchange was selected for its design, engineering and construction.
The project was selected from other large road and highway projects across 13 Southeastern states and Puerto Rico.
“SCDOT’s top priority is to deliver the best transportation system possible to South Carolina’s citizens and businesses,” said South Carolina Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall. “The Gateway project meets that objective, and we’re very excited that the hard work and professionalism of our employees, contractors and partners are recognized by one of the top transportation organizations in the nation.”
The $300 million project opened to traffic on Dec. 6, 2019. It includes 10 new bridges, the rehabilitation of three others, additional travel lanes, several new ramps and reconfiguration of two interstates. The Gateway project eliminated tight loops and replaced them with flyover bridges.
The interchange is part of SCDOT’s 10-year plan to improve the state’s rural roads, resurface South Carolina’s most traveled and aging corridors, repair or replace deteriorating bridges, and widen and improve portions of the interstates. The plan was launched in July 2017.