Foot traffic in and out of the Lowrys One Stop in Chester County is fairly steady, but employees know it could be better.
The county has a 20 percent unemployment rate, and that's why it is good news to learn that federal stimulus money is headed to the road right outside the country store's doors.
The county will get a portion of the $463 million headed to South Carolina for road and bridge repairs. Highway 321 from the York County line through Lowrys will be repaved. It's a roughly three-mile stretch.
"It's a lot of money, but it is well worth it. It needs to be done," said Brandy Griggs, who stopped to fill up at the store. "The road is busy with a lot of tractors, and it has a lot of potholes.”
Highway 99 near Great Falls and Harris Street in Chester will also be resurfaced with money from President Barrack Obama's economic stimulus package.
"Hopefully it'll bring in more business for us with the road smoother," said Grady Craven, who works part-time at the Lowrys One Stop. "It's needed bad because when you cross into Chester County from York, you can tell the biggest difference."
The South Carolina Department of Transportation has already approved plans for 57 roads and eight new bridges statewide. Obama required that the projects be shovel-ready, or at the stage where bids and contracts can be settled quickly and construction crews can get to work.
In Great Falls, Brenda Gibson looked at the stretch of Highway 99 set for repaving. It runs between Highway 97 and Highway 21 and is mostly residential.
"If it isn't broken, don't fix it," Gibson said.
She said she feels like the road looks OK, and she said the money would be better spent on schools or roads in greater disrepair.
“They should fix the roads that really need fixing. I've never had a problem with this road," she said.
The state is already accepting bids on all three Chester County stimulus projects. Construction could start in the next few months.