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I-85 (exit 69): 0 - 0
EXIT 1 (old exit 69) - S-42-41: 0.3 - 0.3
EXIT 2 (old exit 70) - I-26 (exit 19): 0.9 - 1.2
EXIT 2C (old exit 71) - S-42-525: 0.3 - 1.5
EXIT 3 (old exit 72A) - SC 295: 1 - 2.5
EXIT 4 (old exit 72B) - SC 56: 0.9 - 3.4
EXIT 5 (old exit 73) - I-585 (exit 23), US 176: 0.6 - 4
EXIT 6 (old exit 75) - SC 9: 1.1 - 5.1
EXIT 7 (old exit 76) - S-42-191: 1.3 - 6.4
I-85 (exit 77): 0.5 - 6.9
Creation: I-85 Bus appeared in 1995 as a renumbering of I-85 through Spartanburg.
Improvements: 4 lane freeway at inception.
Comment: I-85 Business is a very narrow, substandard freeway. Several of the exits involve frontage road accesses first - the design en vogue in the early 1950s, when the road was actually built as a US 29 bypass.
This road was proposed by Spartanburg Civic leaders to be I-685 in 2000, but this proposal was turned down by SCDOT because it would take more than $100M to upgrade it to modern interstate standards.
I-85 Bus is famous for being the endpoint of I-585, although a direct I-585 NB to I-85 Bus NB movement did not exist for nearly 50 years and making this movement required a dangerous exit off 585 onto a frontage road and a short-merge entrance onto 85 NB around the corner. That whole intersection was rebuilt to modern standards with a direct connection in the mid-2000s.
Another oddity is the interchange at SC 56. The freeway passes directly overtop Hearon Circle which was the previous US 29 Bypass-US 176 jct. with two bridges as it passes over the boundaries of the circle
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