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County gets $5.75 million to widen Hwy. 5 bypass

County leaders are moving forward with plans to widen the Hwy. 5 bypass in York.

Last week, the S.C. Department of Transportation Commission voted to approve $5.75 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the project, according to Commissioner Sarah Nuckles of the Fifth Congressional District.

The widening project is on the 1997 Pennies for Progress list, although initial funding from the 1-cent sales tax fell short forcing county leaders to seek money elsewhere.

The roadway also has received some safety and congestion mitigation matching grants from the federal government, along with some SCDOT participation agreements that have helped with the funding, according to Pennies for Progress Program Manager Phil Leazer.

"Based on everything we have to date, all the county funding, Pennies, grants, SCDOT help ... based on our last assessment we (were) about $6 million short to complete the entire 97 Pennies program," Leazer said.

That assessment was conducted prior to the announcement of the $5.75 million from ARRA funds.

Now they're good to go. The county expects to open bidding on the Hwy. 5 Bypass widening project on Tuesday, July 14, Leazer said.

The segment of the bypass between Lincoln Road and Hwy. 49 will be the initial priority, county leaders say. It must be completed by August 2010, when the new York Comprehensive High School is slated to open.

-Read more Thursday in the Enquirer-Herald