Council to mull intersection changes

York County Council will have another opportunity to decide if plans for improving the intersection of Porter and Firetower roads should be changed again.

At Rock Hill school board's request, county officials have looked into alternatives for improving the Y-shaped intersection for safety with an expected increase in traffic volume from a new school.

Because it's planned to be improved under the 2003 Pennies for Progress program, school board members asked the county in September look at the design of the intersection again.

The design approved by council in March called for small improvements, including left turn lanes instead of moving Porter Road to intersect with Firetower Road 300 feet east.

County Manager Jim Baker is expected to report on costs and alternatives to the intersection at Monday's meeting. If nothing changes, construction could start in the spring.

The project is estimated to cost $700,000.

Firetower and Porter roads meet about a mile off Interstate 77 and less than a mile from the triangle of Main Street, Anderson and Albright roads.

Affected property owners are expected to speak at the meeting.