Plan to widen S.C. 72 up for public comment on Thursday

York County plans to widen S.C. 72 to five lanes on a less-than-2-mile stretch between Heckle Boulevard and Black Street, and residents can comment at a design open house Thursday.

The proposed improvements to S.C. 72, also called Albright Road, are part of the county's 1997 "Pennies for Progress" program. The upgrades include turning the two-lane road into four lanes with an almost continuous turn-in lane in the center, said Roy Highberg, senior environmental planner for Capital Management and Engineering, the firm in charge of Pennies for Progress.

When the project was presented in December, Highberg said it was designed as mostly four lanes and a median. But businesses and other landowners along Albright Road said they wanted a turn lane instead, he said.

"We're in the last stage before we start acquiring right of way," Highberg said. "If there is no negative feedback when we show this preliminary plan, then we'll start."

In addition to making the road five lanes, the new plan calls for curbs, gutters and sidewalks.

"There are some sidewalks," Highberg said. "But they're not continuous."

At Thursday's meeting, residents can talk one-on-one with representatives from York County about the proposed project.

There isn't a formal presentation planned for the meeting, which will be held at the Flexible Learning Center, 1234 Flint Street Extension in Rock Hill, between 5 and 7 p.m.

For more information about the Pennies for Progress program in York County, call 980-2263 or visit www.penniesforprogress.net.