Several roads in downtown Rock Hill remain closed this month after some delays on construction projects in the area.
Street improvements and underground utility upgrades in the downtown area were originally expected to be complete by the end of the summer. But city officials say work crews discovered some additional water pipes under the road that needed replacement, and inclement weather has affected the timeline.
The remaining work is expected to push the reopening of some downtown roads into next month, said city spokeswoman Katie Quinn.
Contractors continue to work on Fountain Park, a $6 million project paid for by the city. The new park is part of the city’s financial commitment to revitalizing the east end of downtown Rock Hill.
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Last year, the city and Comporium Communications struck a development deal to partner in new construction around Elizabeth Lane, near Black Street and Main Street. Comporium and Warren Norman Co. have nearly finished construction on a four-story office building named Fountain Place.
Construction also is wrapping up on a parking garage connected to the new office building. The city is paying for the $3.4 million garage.
Developer Warren Norman has said the new office building is about 60 percent leased and will include law offices and a bank. Other tenants have not been named.
City officials say they hope to complete the nearby park and hold a grand opening in November.
Black Street will likely be the last stretch of downtown road work to remain once construction is finished. City officials say Main Street may be re-opened for traffic in October.
Current road closures are:
• Black Street, from Oakland Avenue to Elizabeth Lane
• Main Street, from Reid Street to Oakland Avenue
• Elizabeth Lane, from Black Street to Main Street
• Saluda Street, from Black Street to Main Street
Several other stretches of downtown roads are open for local traffic only to reach parking areas, local businesses and residences. City officials advise that drivers follow detour signs posted around the downtown construction areas until streets reopen.
The main detour route for downtown traffic flowing from Dave Lyle Boulevard toward Albright Road is Johnston Street to Flint Street to Black Street or East White Street.
Another road improvement project in downtown Rock Hill is pending until work on the eastern end is complete. City plans call for reducing the number of traffic lanes from four to two on parts of Oakland Avenue and White Street. The project will include replacing some old sidewalks and adding on-street parking in some places.
The upcoming road projects likely won’t close entire streets, but city officials anticipate that traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction during the construction period.