New Rock Hill traffic circle at Constitution Blvd. to have public art

A traffic circle planned for Constitution Boulevard in Rock Hill will have a public art project.

The Quality of Life committee of the Rock Hill Economic Development Corp. said Tuesday it wants to raise about $7,500 for the project through the Barre Mitchell Community Initiative Fund.

Mitchell, a longtime Rock Hill resident, died in June 2014. He was a past member of RHEDC, a supporter of local arts, and an environmental advocate.

The traffic circle will replace the intersection of Columbia Avenue and Constitution Boulevard. White Street, which currently intersects with Columbia will be realigned to connect to the new traffic circle.

The alignment will provide easier access to Winthrop University and to the Knowledge Park, city officials said.

Construction of the traffic circle could start this fall with completion by the summer of 2016.

The Quality of Life committee has not decided on a theme for the traffic circle’s art project yet.

The committee’s first public art project was the civil rights walkway next to the 139 Main apartments which are under construction.

Don Worthington: 803-329-4066, @rhherald_donw