GAFFNEY, S.C. (WSPA) – Adjustments are coming to the design zone on I-85 in Cherokee County subsequent a crash that left a few men and women dead Thursday afternoon. The two Cherokee County and Gaffney metropolis leaders stated action wants to be taken swiftly to avert an additional tragedy.

This is a stretch of street a ton of Cherokee County residents do their most effective to avoid.

“We try out to stay off of 85. We use 29, the frontage roads,” stated Cowpens Citizens, John & Joanne Kopchik.

It has not constantly been that way though. They mentioned it was all sparked by the I-85 widening job and the chutes placed there.

“It is a dying lure, wherever are you going to go if there’s a tractor-trailer coming up guiding you? Exactly where are you heading to go?,” Joanne Kopchik explained to us.

They’ve been getting in touch with state lawmakers for months with no sound of a program for alter. That is, until eventually tragedy struck.

“It’s not fair to the group and the people today that travel,” mentioned Gaffney Fire Main, Jamie Caggiano.

Gaffney’s Fire Main Jamie Caggiano said his division is out in that development zone just about every day, responding to wrecks.

He together with Cherokee County leaders and point out lawmakers are pushing for some thing to change.
Senator Harvey Peeler claimed in portion, this tragedy illustrates the have to have for SCDOT and freeway patrol to acquire a lot more accountability for this task.

County leaders want the DOT to employ an independent contractor to critique the efficiency of the protection steps place into place in the widening challenge.

“If we have to get the job done this weekend, which is what we’ll do,” Christy Hall reported. “We’ll continue our discussion on what else can be performed. All options are on the desk. I have not ruled any possibilities out–including re-analyzing the use of the chute,” Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall said.

Secretary of Transportation, Christy Corridor told 7Information, they’re producing some adjustments like decreasing the speeds in the southbound lanes of the design zone and much more get the job done signals will be posted.

You can obtain a full assertion from SCDOT listed here:

The South Carolina Office of Transportation (SCDOT) is examining “all options” to raise protection and strengthen visitors situations together the Spartanburg and Cherokee County Interstate 85 design task in the wake of the tragic crash on July 15, 2021.

SCDOT is functioning with law enforcement officers to attain a better comprehension of the instances that led to the incident on the I-85 development task. This undertaking has been plagued by crashes in the course of the do the job zone, such as crashes like this just one that involved tractor trailers that have been traveling in lanes selected for passenger cars only. The company is continuing endeavours with legislation enforcement and regional to start with responders to detect and carry out more steps made to get motorists to sluggish down, spend attention and keep in the right lanes.  

“All choices are on the table,” Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall explained Friday, July 16, 2021, right after a crew of SCDOT traffic engineers reassessed the building web-site. “We uncover all fatal and major damage incidents unacceptable. In addition, prolonged site visitors backups professional by motorists alongside this operate zone are not appropriate at all in our view.”

SCDOT has also asked national get the job done zone experts for aid as the agency struggles to have motorists slow down, pay out attention and maintain tractor trailers in the appropriate lanes.

SCDOT will be lowering the speed restrict to at minimum 45 mph on the southbound direction and revising signage in the perform zone as the agency proceeds to operate carefully with law enforcement and initial responders.

Commencing Saturday, July 17, 2021, the Condition Transport Law enforcement will be stationed at the I-85 design zone as an extra legislation enforcement measure. A section of the S.C. Division of Community Protection, the Condition Transportation Police are mainly accountable for enforcing point out and federal guidelines governing business motor vehicles, which include vehicles.

 “I would like to thank Section of Public Basic safety Director Robert G. Woods for his beneficial support and partnership as we tackle these tough disorders,” Secretary Corridor said.

Moreover, right here is a statement from Senator Harvey Peeler’s business:

“We are 1 distracted driver absent from loss of life and destruction on this interstate.”

This was my comment just very last week all through a meeting in which SCDOT was existing to handle troubles about the construction on I-85. The tragic incident yesterday illustrates the need to have for SCDOT and SC Freeway Patrol to take a lot more accountability for this task.

When communicate initially commenced on making use of targeted visitors chutes a few decades ago, I expressed my concern that they would be demise traps. Unfortunately, for our neighborhood, this has held accurate and anything has to be finished about it. I am contacting on SCDOT and the SC Freeway Patrol to consider action and immediately get the important precautions to make absolutely sure I-85 is a protected area for our households and beloved ones to journey.”