As “Penny for Pavement” signs fill greenways along Lexington County roads, the November 4 election approaches and residents will be asked to vote on whether to impose a one-cent sales tax on themselves.
The increase, which council members said they hoped to put toward roads, is estimated to bring in $290 million over eight years.
The county and city governments came together to propose projects for the Penny for Progress, the umbrella for the Penny for Pavement campaign. A list of approved projects is available for viewing on the county’s website and is sorted by priority.
The highest-ranking projects include 24 transportation projects; 12 pedestrian, bike path or greenways projects; and 11 community enhancement projects. Several similar projects rank near the bottom of the list, which includes 92 projects total.
But not all road improvements ranks closest to the top.
Ranking sixth on the list is an eight-mile, mixed-use path extending from the Irmo area to West Columbia, for instance. That project, requested by the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission, is expected to cost more than $7 million.
A handful of road-paving projects scattered across the county ranks at the bottom of the list, on the other hand. That project is estimated to cost more than $25 million.