COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- State transportation officials have released the interstate highway projects they want completed first with the up to $1 billion in extra money South Carolina has set aside for its roads.


The seven projects are improving the Interstate 385 and I-85 interchange in Greenville; widening Interstate-26 to eight lanes west of I-20 in Columbia; widening Interstate 85 to eight lanes in Greenville and Spartanburg counties; widening I-526 to six lanes near Charleston; widening I-20 to six lanes in Lexington County; widening Interstate 77 to six lanes north of I-20 in Richland County; and widening I-85 to six lanes in Cherokee County.The Department of Transportation Commission sent the list to the State Infrastructure Bank last week. The bank does not have to abide by the board's wishes.