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York County Council OKs $600,000 to relocate utilities on Paraham Road for widening project

Widening of Paraham Road is on pace to begin in the spring, with York County Council voting to approve money for utility relocation along the shoulders.

Council approved $655,716.29 on Nov. 17 to relocate utilities along the 6-mile project from S.C. 161 to S.C. 55. Money comes from the $6.52 million budget in the latest Pennies for Progress campaign, approved by county voters in 2011.

The two-lane rural highway is 18-22 feet wide with grass shoulders and ditches. Speed limits are 35 to 45 mph. The road has four bridges, all in good condition according to county staff.

The widened road will be 30 feet, including 2-foot paved shoulders, from S.C. 161 to S.C. 49. From S.C. 49 to S.C. 55 it will be 24 feet, also with 2-foot paved shoulders.

The widening means Comporium, AT&T, York County Natural Gas, Duke Energy and York Electric Cooperative utilities will need relocating. The recent Council approval largely goes to Comporium ($411,024), Duke ($116,990) and AT&T ($91,556).

Considered by staff as an important connector from Lake Wylie to Rock Hill, Paraham Road should see work start in spring. Civil Engineering Consulting Services Inc. of Columbia was selected as the design firm, but not a construction company. The project is one of several for the Lake Wylie area approved by voters in the 2011 referendum.

Mead & Hunt is the design team behind a more than $25 million improvement to S.C. 274 and Pole Branch Road that should start construction in about one year. The roads will be widened heading toward North Carolina, with several intersection realignments.

Other projects include a $4.3 million widening of S.C. 557 near Three Points, almost $850,00 for Griggs Road and S.C. 557 and $500,000 for the S.C. 49 and Campbell Road intersection. Construction companies haven’t been selected for those projects.