South Carolina Highway 8
|Maintained by SCDOT|
|Length:||44.6 mi (71.8 km)|
|Existed:||1928 – present|
|South end:||US 25 in Ware Place|
|US 29 near Piedmont
I-85 near Piedmont
|North end:||US 276 in northern Greenville County|
|Counties:||Greenville, Anderson, Pickens|
South Carolina Highway 8 begins in Ware Place at the junction of US 25 and SC 418. From here, it travels west for a few miles when it crosses the Saluda River and enters the town of Pelzer in Anderson County. It meets SC 20 at the town limit of Pelzer and after crossing SC 20 it enters West Pelzer.
After exiting West Pelzer, it runs a couple of miles and has an interchange with US 29. About a mile past US 29, the highway has an interchange with Interstate 85. This is Exit 32 on I-85. Another mile past this interchange, SC 8 intersects SC 81, which overlaps SC 8 for two miles (3 km). Highway 8 turns left and crosses SC 88 and winds its way to the western terminus of SC 86.
Here, it turns left and crosses into Pickens County and runs toward Easley. Soon after entering the city limits of Easley, it meets SC 135 and overlaps it for a half-mile. SC 8 then turns left and crosses US 123, but has no access to the highway directly. After one mile (1.6 km), it intersects SC 93 just west of downtown Easley. From here, it is eight miles (13 km) to Pickens, and for this duration, the road is four-laned. In downtown Pickens, SC 8 meets SC 183 and overlaps it for a half-mile.
Highway 8 continues straight and runs toward Pumpkintown, along the way meeting the western terminus of SC 186 and the northern terminus of SC 135. In Pumpkintown, it crosses SC 288 and soon meets SC 11, which it has a concurrency with for about a half-mile. SC 8 then turns north and meets its end at US 276 in northern Greenville County.
The first alignment of SC 8 ran from the Georgia state line through Anderson, Greenville, Greer, Spartanburg, Gaffney, and Blacksburg into North Carolina near Grover. This alignment connected directly to Georgia State Route 8 at the Georgia state line. In 1927, this became US Highway 29, and SC 8 was put onto a completely different alignment. With a few minor changes, this is today's SC 8.
||Ware Place||0.0||0.0||US 25||Southern terminus of SC 8.|
||Pelzer||4.7||7.6||SC 20||SC Highway 20 is the town limit of Pelzer and West Pelzer on either side of the road.|
|near West Pelzer||8.1||13.0||US 29||Grade-separated interchange with US 29.|
|9.2||14.8||I-85 – Greenville, Anderson||I-85 Exit 32|
|10.7||17.2||SC 81||Southern terminus of concurrency.|
|12.7||20.4||SC 81||Northern terminus of concurrency.|
|16.5||26.6||SC 86||Western terminus of SC 86.|
||Easley||20.3||32.7||SC 135 (Pelzer Highway)||Southern terminus of concurrency.|
|20.8||33.5||SC 135 (City Court)||Northern terminus of concurrency.|
|22.2||35.7||SC 93 (South 5th Street)|
|Pickens||29||47||SC 183 (Hampton Avenue)||Southern terminus of concurrency.|
|29.5||47.5||SC 183 (Pumpkintown Highway)||Northern terminus of concurrency.|
|near Pickens||32.6||52.5||SC 186||Western terminus of SC 186.|
|Pumpkintown||38||61||SC 135||Northern terminus of SC 135.|
|42.5||68.4||SC 11 (Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway)||Southern terminus of concurrency.|
|43||69||SC 11 (Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway)||Northern terminus of concurrency.|
||44.6||71.8||US 276||Northern terminus of SC 8.|
- Roberson, M. (July 17, 2006). "SC1 to SC9". Mapmikey's South Carolina Highways Page.
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