Dave Lyle project crucial to city
In 1997, York County residents voted in a "Pennies For Progress" referendum to fund several specific road improvements to benefit the entire county. York County clearly had its eyes on the future.
According to news reports, the bulk of the "Pennies For Progress" funds paid for the widening of Interstate 77 and the S.C. 5 bypass. The third priority item approved by the voters in the same referendum was the extension of Dave Lyle Boulevard.
We now know that the initial "Pennies For Progress" funding was consumed by the first two priorities but failed to raise the monies needed for the Dave Lyle project.
Now that York County Council has dismissed the management company that has been overseeing road construction projects and has taken over the management of the "Pennies For Progress" program, let us hope that the financial shortfalls of our roads program will be covered and the Dave Lyle extension restored as the county's top priority.
Completion of the Dave Lyle extension, a visionary idea a decade ago, has only grown in its importance to the economic health of all York County. In addition, the increased sales tax revenues that will be generated through business and job creation via completion of this vital road improvement project will help fund our pubic schools.
I hope that our leadership steps up to the plate and completes the mission of "Pennies for Progress."