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A look at 2011 'Pennies' project No. 2: S.C. 274 and S.C. 279

The Herald is presenting snapshots of the major projects proposed as part of the Aug. 2 Pennies for Progress referendum. York County voters will decide whether to approve seven more years of a penny sales tax and embark on $161 million more in road improvements.

Pennies Priority 2 - S.C. 274 and S.C. 279

Project - Five-lane widening of S.C. 274 to S.C. 279 (Pole Branch Road) and S.C. 279 from S.C. 274 to state line

Location - Lake Wylie

Distance - 2.4 miles

Cost - $25.8 million (of $30.1 million for two projects covering 4.5 miles in the Lake Wylie area)

Impact - Improve travel in the county, across the state line and over Lake Wylie

Once widened, S.C. 274 and S.C. 279 will provide multi-lane travel from Newport to North Carolina, alleviating congestion on the heavily trafficked Buster Boyd Bridge on S.C. 49.

An already popular cut-through to North Carolina, S.C. 279's two lanes support 7,000 cars a day, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Both roads eventually might connect to the Gaston County Garden Parkway - a 22-mile, multi-lane toll road planned for just north of the state line.

Coming Tuesday

The Westgate Connector - A new road to connect U.S. 321 north of Clover to Barrett Road through Westgate Industrial Park.

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