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The Fort Mill Southern Bypass just opened this week. It's designed to provide a quicker route to I-77 and other parts of Fort Mill.

Fort Mill resident Gene Flack hopes so.

"I think it's gonna be a great advantage," Flack said. "It seems like a alot of traffic is going to be traveling on that. It's gonna take some traffic of the downtown area."

The bypass was paid for by “Pennies For Progress” as part of a referendum voted on by residents. The program started in 1997. Currently, it adds a one percent sales tax increase to foods and services to help fund road projects.

Tourists passing through also help fund the project. The York County Engineering Department says 50% of the project was paid for by tourists.

"Those folks come in and buy goods and services. They're actually paying a portion of that penny sales tax," says York County Project Manager Phil Leazer.

Phase I of the Fort Mill Southern Bypass is complete and Phase II construction will begin soon.

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