Long-awaited road to open in Fort Mill

June 25, 2016 by  

By the end of the month, those who live in Fort Mill, South Carolina, and nearby Pineville who are looking for an enjoyable ride, will be able to travel the Fort Mill Southern Bypass.

According to Patrick Hamilton, program manager of Pennies for Progress, if the rain subsides and the weather becomes drier, the Bypass should open by the end of June. No grand opening celebration or ribbon cutting ceremony is planned but Hamilton said that those who have been looking forward to the road are more interested in driving it than celebrating it.

The authorities may look to various printing services, just to let those in the area know that it is open.

The final cost for both the Fort Mill Northern and South Bypasses are now coming in at more than $67 million, which is more than twice the amount approved by voters. Some of the reasons for this have included poor initial estimates and the change from consultants handling the project to a learning curve for Pennies, the first program using cent sales tax for road construction in South Carolina.

However, the estimates from the Pennies campaign are improving, and the administrator with the Rock Hill-Fort Mill Area Transportation Study, David Hooper, is already planning the next Pennies campaign for 2017 and is working with the commission and residents to take recommendations.