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An eyesore along Interstate 85 Business in Spartanburg County is being removed as part of a gateway beautification project.
The 6-foot-tall chain-link fence the runs between the I-85 interchange and the Highway 9 exit is currently in the process of being taken down. The fence, which was installed in the late 1950s, is in disrepair.
Spartanburg County Administrator Katherine O'Neill said a new 4-foot-tall vinyl fence painted black will be installed, with landscaping placed intermittently along gaps in the fencing.
"The overall goal is to provide a better gateway into our county," O'Neill said. "They are almost done removing the old fencing."
The state Department of Transportation is providing $300,000 toward the project, and another $200,000 from a public-private partnership will help complete the work, according to Spartanburg Community College President Henry Giles.
In 2015, SCC had a section of the old fence removed in front of the campus. Giles said that sparked community interest in having the rest of the fence removed. Vegetation and trees have been growing over the fence after years of neglect, he said.
The new fencing will be installed in two phases, beginning with the shoulder of the southbound lanes, then moving to the shoulder of the northbound lanes, Giles said.
"We were asked to play a leading role in getting the project done," he said.
The project's partners include Pacolet Milliken Enterprises and Montgomery Development Group. Montgomery Development CEO John Montgomery said the new fencing should be installed in the next 45 days. The project's landscaping is scheduled for the fall.