Rock Hill road projects aimed at easing traffic

adouglas@heraldonline.comJanuary 11, 2014 

Motorists turn left into the Target parking lot from Dave Lyle Boulevard. The state Department of Transportation is planning major changes to the intersection to reduce congestion.


— State and local officials hope upcoming road projects in Rock Hill will help alleviate the congestion drivers face along two of the city’s busiest stretches: the Dave Lyle Boulevard and Celanese Road interchanges at Interstate 77.

Construction is still nearly two years away but S.C. Department of Transportation representatives are holding a public information meeting this week to share the plans with Rock Hill residents.

In total, the projects will cost about $6 million. Most of the money to pay for the work comes from the federal Department of Transportation’s congestion mitigation and air quality program, which helps states and municipalities meet the requirements of the federal Clean Air Act.

In addition to federal dollars, the city of Rock Hill and an intergovernmental transportation organization, the Rock Hill-Fort Mill Area Transportation Study, are contributing money toward the projects.

SCDOT will present this week the project plans which call for:

• Adding an additional right turn lane on the southbound I-77 exit and entrance ramps at exit 79, Dave Lyle Boulevard.

• Adding an additional left turn lane –– for a total of two –– at the intersection of Chamberside Drive and westbound Dave Lyle Boulevard.

• Adding a third right turn lane on the southbound I-77 exit ramp for Celanese Road, exit 82C.

• Adding a left turn lane –– for a total of two –– at the southbound Riverchase Boulevard intersection with Celanese Road. Additionally, a left hand turn lane will be added at both the southbound and northbound Riverview Road intersections with Celanese Road.

• Changing northbound Riverchase Boulevard to be a right-turn only intersection with Celanese Road.

• Extending Ligon Road to connect Riverview Road and Riverchase Boulevard. Ligon Road is a city-owned street that runs behind the businesses located in the Courtyard hotel and Hooters restaurant complex.

Both the Celanese Road and Dave Lyle Boulevard areas near I-77 have significant traffic congestion, according to Rock Hill transportation officials. Other future upgrades to Riverview Road and Riverview Boulevard are also planned to help improve traffic flow, Rock Hill officials said.

Concrete traffic islands will also be added along the center of Celanese Road from Hunters Chase Boulevard to I-77 to prohibit left turns onto the busy thoroughfare in some places. SCDOT officials say this will help the high volume of Celanese Road traffic move more efficiently.

The new medians should also make Celanese Road safer, officials say, by reducing the number of accidents caused by left-hand turns.

The road project details and maps related to the work will be presented between 5 and 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Manchester Meadows meeting room, located at 337 East Mount Gallant Road in Rock Hill.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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