Pennies 2 Program

On November 4, 2003, the citizens of York County voted to implement a $173 million program designed to make our roads better and safer.

The 2003 York County Capital Projects Sales and Use Tax Program, also known as Pennies for Progress 2, was a continuation of the previous one-cent sales tax program passed by referendum in November 1997.  The 2003 one-cent sales tax went into effect on September 1, 2004 (the date the 1997 one-cent sales tax expired) and was in place for seven full years.  It expired in September 2011.

The projects included in the program are as follows:

  • multi-lane widening
  • bridge construction/replacement
  • intersection improvements
  • gravel road upgrades
  • bikeways
  • sidewalks
  • highway safety improvements

In 2008, York County staff took over the management of the program which includes oversight of the Planning, Design, Right-of-way acquisition and Construction for all these projects. Click on the individual phase to find out more about each step a project must endure.

It will take approximately 8 more years to complete construction on the Pennies 2 road projects.  During this time, information on the projects will be available through local media; and the individual project pages on this website so that citizens can be informed of the progress.

With so may county-wide projects on the list, everyone will benefit.  Whether you are taking your kids to school or trying to get across town for a business meeting, traveling in York County will be much easier and safer.

An assessment of the Pennies 2 Program was completed in late 2008 to incorporate the most up-to-date costs estimates and provide a clear picture of where the Program stood financially.  It was quickly realized with the downturn in the economy, continued rise in construction material costs (especially asphalt), and limited work forces, prices to complete the work have increased significantly.  On March 16, 2009, it was estimated the program needs an additional $169 million to complete all 25 projects on the list.  With that considered, a majority of the Pennies-2 projects that were in danger of not being funded were carried-over to the Pennies-3 Program to ensure they could be completed.

For questions concerning the Pennies for Progress 2 program, please call the York County Engineering Department at (803) 684-8571.