2-year widening project of West White Street under way

Roadwork to be done in two years; Pennies for Progress pays bills

adouglas@heraldonline.comNovember 14, 2012 

— Roadwork on West White Street in the city’s "Textile Corridor" is scheduled to be complete by November 2014.

Contractors are supposed to finish the first phase of work by July 2013, reopening the first block of West White Street, which stretches from Dave Lyle Boulevard to North Wilson Street.

The city of Rock Hill says the road is a vital link between downtown and Winthrop University. Upgrades to the street are necessary, city officials say, for businesses moving into the area, including plans to redevelop the old Rock Hill Printing and Finishing Co.

The first block of West White Street off Dave Lyle Boulevard has been closed since October for Sealand Contractors of Charlotte to widen some parts of the street, bury utility lines and repave the road.

Contractors will temporarily stop the road work between the end of December and the first week of February, said Mary Foote, Rock Hill’s Textile Corridor supervisor.

For those two months, she said, the street will be open for auto traffic temporarily. Where possible, the city plans for the road to be widened for some on-street parking.

The city of Rock Hill hired Sealand in August to complete the project for $795,898.

“Pennies for Progress” – York County’s 1-cent sales tax which pays for road improvements – is paying for the bulk of the West White Street construction work. York County voters approved in 2003 to pay for the Pennies project.

Additionally, about $195,000 in tax money collected from businesses and individuals in Rock Hill’s Textile Corridor is going toward the road work.

Family Trust Federal Credit Union has plans for expansion in the area with a new banking and operations center slated for construction at White and Laurel streets. Family Trust is waiting for road improvements to finish before starting the expansion, city officials said.

In October, Comporium Communications also announced investment in the area.

The company will pay the city $276,000, which will aid upgrades to the Textile Corridor water lines on Laurel Street and help pay for road improvements and the eventual replacement of the city’s water tower near downtown.

Anna Douglas 803-329-4068

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