Lake Wylie road job needs utilities moved before pavement. It’ll cost $3.2 million.

June 6, 2017

Widening Pole Branch Road, which at least one official called “unsafe,” is on the next Pennies for Progress list. Utility poles and other infrastructure needs to be moved, however, before the road can be widened. (Photo courtesy of Fort Mill Times)

As York County heads toward a new project list and referendum for another round of sales tax-funded road construction, a top priority from the last round is taking a step forward here.

But it won’t come cheap.

The county approved more than $3.2 million to move infrastructure for utilities so widening can begin along S.C. 274 and Pole Branch Road. The cost covers water, sewer, gas, electric, phone and cable lines. The project runs from Landing Point to the North Carolina line.

Now, with utility relocation, the estimated cost is $28 million. Mead & Hunt was chosen to do the design work, but a construction contract hasn’t been awarded. The county anticipates having the project open to traffic in 2020.

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