• Road construction to begin on diverging diamond interchange in Fort Mill

    By: Greg Suskin

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    FORT MILL, S.C. - A major road project is getting started soon in Fort Mill, and if you commute to Charlotte for work, you’re going to notice it.

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    Gold Hill Road is getting a new diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 77, the first anywhere in South Carolina.

    When the project is done, traffic will crisscross going over the bridge at the interchange, so drivers turning left to get on Interstate 77 north to Charlotte won’t back up waiting for oncoming traffic because drivers will be on the left side of the road.

    The $15 million project was funded mostly through the one-cent sales tax, Pennies For Progress that residents pay in York County.

    Construction will begin in August with most of the work done at night, but may still affect drivers during the day.

    "Daytime traffic won't be impacted from a lane closure standpoint, however, there will still be barrels, equipment out there, so it will be an inconvenience," said Patrick Hamilton, Pennies For Progress Director.

    There is a similar interchange at Exit 28 in Cornelius and with the growth in the area, Fort Mill decided to add one.

    Construction is set to last more than a year and a half.

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