If voters choose in June to extend York County's 1-cent Pennies for Progress sales tax for another seven years, $160 million will be generated to fund road improvement projects.
Tonight, the York County Council will decide whether to take the first steps toward approving a list of 26 projects, totaling more than 53 miles of improvements.
In addition, the county hopes to pave 39 of its gravel roads.
Here's a look at significant projects planned across the county, their estimated cost, who's likely to benefit and why:
Lake Wylie: multilane widening of S.C. 274 to Pole Branch Road and Pole Branch Road from S.C. 274 to state line (2.4 miles)
Cost: $25.8 million (of $30.1 million for two projects covering 4.5 miles in the Lake Wylie area)
Impact: Improves travel in the county, across the state line and over Lake Wylie.
Once widened, S.C. 274 and Pole Branch Road will provide multilane travel from Newport to North Carolina.
Both roads likely will connect to the Gaston County Garden Parkway, a 22-mile multilane toll road the North Carolina Turnpike Authority is planning to build just north of the state line.
Slated for completion in 2015, the parkway will "bypass around Gastonia" providing "a much-needed crossing over the Catawba and Lake Wylie," said Phil Leazer, Pennies for Progress project manager.
Pennies leaders have been in "very strong talks" with officials from the North Carolina Turnpike Authority about how they might connect the two South Carolina roads to the parkway, he said.
An already popular cut-through to North Carolina, Pole Branch Road's two lanes support 7,000 cars a day, according to data provided by the South Carolina Department of Transportation.
Nearby Buster Boyd Bridge on S.C. 49 provides another popular state line crossing and one of only a few ways to cross the lake, making it a dangerous, high-traffic area.
More than 40 accidents occurred on or less than a mile from the bridge on the South Carolina side over a 16-month period, according to data from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.
Widening Pole Branch Road and S.C. 274 will help alleviate the traffic and increase safety at both crossings.
Fort Mill Township: S.C. 160 West widening to five lanes from Gold Hill Road to state line (1.1 miles)
Cost: $8.8 million (of $52.4 million for five projects covering 6.75 miles in the Fort Mill area)
Impact: Relieves congestion near Tega Cay and along S.C. 160.
Fort Mill has the "single most congested intersection in York County" at S.C. 160 and Gold Hill Road, Leazer said.
The stretch of S.C. 160 from Gold Hill Road to the state line averages about 11,000 vehicles in a day.
Gold Hill Road averages about 20,000, and the South Carolina Highway Patrol has responded to dozens of accidents near or in the intersection, highway patrol counts show.
"Gold Hill Road is the single access point for Tega Cay. Everyone who lives and resides and does business in that area has to go through Tega Cay," Leazer said.
Clover: A new connector road from U.S. 321 to Barrett Road (2.2 miles)
Cost: $2.5 million (of $10 million for three projects covering 9.9 miles in the Clover area)
Impact: Lessens heavy truck traffic through downtown Clover and residential streets.
Tractor-trailers bound for or leaving Westgate Industrial Park off U.S. 321 often travel through downtown Clover and narrow residential streets.
The proposed road will connect U.S. 321 north of Clover to Guinn Street and continue to Barrett Road, alleviating some of the heavy truck traffic in downtown Clover.
York: Sutton Springs Road (S.C. 5 to S.C. 49) shoulder widening (5.68 miles)
Cost: $4 million (of $7.5 million for five projects covering 11.7 miles in the York area)
Impact: Improves safety and traffic flow.
Sutton Springs Road is an old, narrow farm-and-market road with no shoulders, making it very unsafe, Leazer said.
The highway patrol has documented one fatality and more than 20 accidents on that stretch over 16 months.
Before the new York Comprehensive High School opened, the road averaged about 2,000 vehicles a day, including logging and delivery trucks. Now, buses and other school traffic also travel the road, he said.
Widening the road will improve safety conditions along the corridor.
Rock Hill: Celriver/Red River Road widening to five lanes, from Cherry Road to Eden Terrace (0.6 miles)
Cost: $5.8 million (of $51.4 million for nine projects covering 13.1 miles in the Rock Hill area)
Impact: It's the first step in what would be a multilane connector between Celanese Road and Dave Lyle Boulevard with multiple access points to the Galleria Mall.
With traffic counts for Dave Lyle cresting 22,000 a day, and nearby I-77 at more than 70,000, the area needs another way in and out, Leazer said.
"We already have high-level traffic volumes out there, and that number is going to grow," he said.
"We need to do something to provide some alternatives."
While Pennies for Progress will fund widening of the short segment from Cherry Road to Eden Terrace, the county and the City of Rock Hill will continue to look for funding to widen the remainder of Celriver/Red River Road, completing the connector between Celanese Road and Dave Lyle Boulevard, Leazer said.
For more information on the 2011 Pennies for Progress referendum, visit www.penniesforprogress.net.