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What’s new on the Fort Mill Bypass?

York County has approved to build a Fort Mill southern bypass in time to serve new schools in the area.

The county plans to complete the first phase of  1.75 miles of the bypass from the railroad distribution center at Banks Street to Doby's Bridge Road by mid 2010,

Only two lanes will be built at first, although the county will buy enough land to eventually widen the road to five lanes as was suggested. Doing the project in phases

 will allow the county to work with the school district's timeline.

The route is important to the Massey development, a planned 1,000-residence subdivision along Doby's Bridge Road.  The developers had discussed donating land for an elementary school along the bypass.

The 4-mile bypass originally was proposed to be two lanes, with its $15.2 million cost paid by the county's one-cent sales tax program, "Pennies for Progress." The highway administration suggested it be widened to five lanes to accommodate traffic in the fast-growing area.

The plan calls for the bypass to complete a loop around the east side of town, extending Fort Mill Parkway from Norfolk Southern Railway to the intersection of S.C. 160 and Springfield Parkway. It is projected to handle 2,600 to 11,300 vehicles a day, increasing to 14,100 by 2030.

The path for the bypass has caused controversy after errors forced engineers to reroute the road around the expensive Kimbrell Crossing subdivision and through an area with existing homes.

The county will have to consider several routes for the almost 2-mile second phase now that they are planning on a five-lane road, he said. The original alignments and possibly another route will be considered. Another concern is new developments being built too close to where the five-lane road would be.

I am glad the county is planning for the future and buying five lanes for the bypass.

 

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Published Wednesday, March 05, 2008 1:10 PM by Angie Adams NC/SC REALTOR® Broker

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