SC 81
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From: near McCormick (McCormick County)
To: Greenville (Greenville County)
Total Length: 80.0 miles  
ROUTE LOG
SC 28: 0 - 0
SC 823: 9.8 - 9.8
Abbeville-McCormick Line: 4.1 - 13.9
SC 72: 4.1 - 18
SC 284: 7.4 - 25.4
SC 71: 1.3 - 26.7
Anderson-Abbeville Line: 5.0 - 31.7
SC 184 WB: 3.2 - 34.9
SC 184 EB, SC 413: 0.3 - 35.2
SC 412: 5.8 - 41.0
US 29 SB: 8.0 - 49.0
SC 28: 0.1 - 49.1
US 29 NB: 0.1 - 49.2
US 29 Bus SB: 1.2 - 50.4
US 76 EB, US 178 EB: 0.5 - 50.9
SC 24: 0.2 - 51.1
US 76 WB, US 178 WB: 0.4 - 51.5
SC 28 Bus: 0.1 - 51.6
US 29 Bus NB: 0.6 - 52.2
I-85 (exit 27): 9.3 - 61.5
SC 8 SB: 4.8 - 66.3
SC 8 NB: 2.0 - 68.3
SC 153: 6.3 - 74.6
Greenville-Anderson Line: 0.7 - 75.3
US 25: 2.1 - 77.4
SC 124: 2.6 - 80.0
Creation: SC 81 appeared in 1925 or 1926 as new primary routing, running from SC 18 (now SC 28) Anderson southwest via Starr to the Georgia State Line. This is the only SC 81.
Adjustments: By 1930, SC 81 was removed from Clyde Arnold Rd north of Starr.
In 1935, SC 81 was extended north with SC 28 into Anderson, then replaced US 29 to end at SC 13 (now SC 124) Greenville.
About 1940, SC 81 was removed from a mostly-closed loop road and a bit of S-4-709 between SC 187 and the Savannah River.
In 1942, SC 81 south was truncated to end at SC 82 (now S-4-244/1161 jct) Starr, with the road to Georgia becoming SC 181.
In 1949, SC 81 south was extended from Starr to SC 28 near McCormick, replacing SC 82.
Between 1958-60, SC 81 was removed from S-4-2 Main St through Gluck and was moved from Main St to Murray Ave north of US 29 in Anderson. Main St remains part of SC 28 Business.

1957 Anderson County
SC 81 throguh Gluck
1957 Anderson County
1960 Anderson County
SC 81 moved to new Murray Ave
1960 Anderson County

In 1969, SC 81 was removed from S-4-143 Old Anderson Rd and Old Anderson Rd on both sides of the Saluda River bridge.
Between 1968-73, SC 81 was removed from S-4-52 Powdersville Rd/S-4-74 Three Bridges Rd/SC 153 in the Powdersville area.

1967 Anderson County
SC 81 through Powdersville to Saluda River
1967 Anderson County
1973 Anderson County
SC 81 rebuilt around Powdersville to new Saluda River crossing
1973 Anderson County

In 2006, SC 81 was put on a bypass of Starr, leaving behind S-4-1163 and S-4-1161.

1926 Official
SC 81 south of Anderson
1926 Official
1935 Official
SC 81 extended to Greenville
1935 Official
1942 Official
SC 81 south truncated to Starr
1942 Official
1949 Official
SC 81 replaces SC 82 south to McCormick area
1949 Official

Improvements: SC 81's first pavement was from Anderson to Starr, in place about 1929.
The extension north in 1935 was all on pavement.
SC 81 became fully paved in 1942 (when it was truncated to Starr).
SC 81 was 4-laned from Gluck to Anderson in 1961.
In 1966 or 1967, SC 81 was 4-laned from central Anderson north to the edge of that city limit.
In 1971, SC 81 was 4-laned from just south of US 25 to the Greenville City Limit.
Between 1993-96, SC 81 was 4-laned down to Starr.
In 2006, SC 81 was multilaned around Starr and south to Iva.
In 2007 or 2008, SC 81 was multilane from the north Anderson City limit north to Webb Rd just north of I-85.
Comment: SC 81 runs up the western edge of South Carolina.
All of SC 81 below Starr is part of the Savannah River National Scenic Highway.


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