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The Highways of South Carolina US 123 
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US 123
From: US 29 Greenville (Greenville County)
To: Georgia State Line near Madison(Oconee County)
Total Length: 56.3 miles  
Nationally, US 123 runs from Greenville to US 23-441 near Toccoa, GA.
ROUTE LOG
US 29: 0 - 0
SC 183: 0.8 - 0.8
SC 20: 0.5 - 1.3
SC 124: 0.9 - 2.2
US 25: 1.8 - 4
Pickens-Greenville Line: 2.4 - 6.4
SC 124: 0.9 - 7.3
SC 153: 1.5 - 8.8
SC 93: 2.1 - 10.9
SC 135: 2.2 - 13.1
SC 8: 0.2 - 13.3
SC 93 CONN: 0.4 - 13.7
US 178: 4.3 - 18
S-39-27: 2.5 - 20.5
S-39-18: 4.6 - 25.1
S-39-30: 2 - 27.1
SC 93: 1.6 - 28.7
US 76 EB, SC 28 SB: 0.8 - 29.5
SC 133: 0.3 - 29.8
Oconee-Pickens Line: 1 - 30.8
SC 93: 0.8 - 31.6
SC 130: 3.5 - 35.1
SC 28 NB, SC 59: 2.4 - 37.5
SC 11: 4.1 - 41.6
SC 24: 2.8 - 44.4
SC 183: 1.3 - 45.7
US 76 WB: 0.1 - 45.8
GA STATE LINE: 10.5 - 56.3
Creation: Appeared in 1947 or 1948, the same year it appeared nationally. Originally ran in the same corridor as it does now, but over mostly different roads, as described below.
Adjustments: In 1950, US 123 was rerouted west of Greenville using Easley Bridge road from just west of the Saluda River to Pendleton St. Originally, US 123 used today's SC 124 Pendleton Rd. However, at that time Pendleton Rd. became US 123 ALT. Additionally, US 123 still entered central Greenville on Pendleton St. (today's easternmost pice of SC 124) and still ended at Augusta St (US 25-29 then).
In 1957 or 1958, US 123 received a new north bypass of Seneca. The old route through town became US 123 Business. Today it is SC 130 and SC 59. Also, US 123 received a new south bypass of Easley. The old route through town became US 123 Business (now part of SC 93).
In 1959, US 123 was straightened out from Seneca eastward, avoiding the Newry area. A small piece became part of SC 130, but mostly it became S-37-1.
Between 1960-64, US 123's east end in Greenville was shifted by extending US 123 north along Augusta Rd. (which became S. Main St.) to Cleveland St. then cut east to end at US 29 S. Church St.
Between 1962-64, US 123 was moved to a new freeway between Easley and Clemson (bypassing Norris and Central), and also included a non-freeway bypass north of Clemson. This left behind the US 123-SC 93 CONN west of Easley and all of SC 93 west of that.
In 1971 or 1972, US 123 was rerouted in Greenville again. Instead of heading east on Pendleton St, US 123 uses Academy St to skirt west and north around innermost Greenville, ending at US 29 Church St.
US 123 was placed on new alignment bypassing Richland no later than 1982, although this could have happened much, much earlier. The old route is S-37-13.
Improvements: Fully paved upon designation.
The first piece of US 123 to be 4-lane was in place in 1957 or 1958: east end of Easley to Greenville.
In 1959, US 123 was 4-laned between SC 130 Seneca and US 76/SC 28 split Clemson.
Between 1962-64, US 123 was 4-laned and freeway from US 76/SC 28 to SC 93 CONN west of Easley.
Between 1965-67, US 123 was 4-laned on the Easley Bypass; also, a couple miles west of the Seneca Bypass; also, a mile or so east of SC 24.
In 1973, US 123 was 4-laned on the Seneca Bypass.
In 1982, US 123 was fully 4-laned from Westminster to Seneca. This brought US 123 as totally 4-laned between Westminster and Greenville.
Comment: US 123 is the major thoroughfare in the foothills of NW South Carolina.
US 123's freeway segment between Clemson and Easley is clearly substandard by today's measures - narrow and hilly.
I have had the adventure of having bicycled US 123 from the Georgia State Line to Clemson, as well as original US 123 (current SC 93) from Clemson to Easley.
US 123 Business  Renumbered
Previous US 123 Business: US 123 Business: Appeared in 1957 or 1958 as Easley was bypassed to the south. This route had been part of SC 2 originally. Used Main St. and Liberty Dr.
US 123 Business was renumbered as part of SC 93 between 1962-64, when the new US 123 freeway to Clemson was opened.

 
 
US 123 Business  Renumbered
Previous US 123 Business: US 123 Business: Appeared in 1957 or 1958 as Seneca was bypassed to the north. This route had been part of SC 2 originally. Used North 1st St.
US 123 Business was renumbered as part of SC 59 and SC 130 in 2000 (AASHTO documents).
This US 123 Business was totally multiplexed with US 76 and SC 28 Business routes.
US 123 ALT  Renumbered
Previous US 123 ALT: US 123 ALT: Appeared in 1950 as a renumbering of mainline US 123 west of Greenville, which moved to today's US 123 routing along Easley Bridge Rd. US 123 ALT ran several miles from eastern Pickens County to the intersection of Pendleton St and Easley Bridge Rd.
US 123 ALT was renumbered as part of SC 124 in 1971 or 1972.

Last Update: 7 November 2005

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