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Paraham Road widening near Lake Wylie to begin in spring

The widening of Paraham Road is on pace to begin in the spring now that the York County Council has agreed to pay to move utility lines along the shoulders.

The council approved spending $655,716.29 to relocate utilities along the 6-mile project from S.C. 161 to S.C. 55. The money comes from the $6.52 million budget in the latest Pennies for Progress campaign, which was 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, county officials say.

After construction, the road will be 30 feet wide, 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 wide, also with 2-foot paved shoulders.

The widening project prompted the relocation of Comporium, AT&T, York County Natural Gas Authority, Duke Energy and York Electric Cooperative Inc. lines.

Considered by county officials as an important connector from Lake Wylie to Rock Hill, work on Paraham Road should start in spring. Civil Engineering Consulting Services Inc. of Columbia was hired as the design firm. The project is one of several in 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 a year. The roads will be widened heading toward North Carolina, with several intersection realignments.

Other projects include a roughly $4.3 million widening of S.C. 557 near Three Points, almost $850,000 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.