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South Carolina Highway 72 (SC 72) is a 125-mile (201 km) state highway, traversing interior portions of the South Carolina Piedmont region. The route connects many smaller communities outside major metropolitan areas and is roughly parallel with Interstate 85 (I-85) to the north and interstates 20 and 77 to the south and east. The route shares the longest concurrency in the state with SC 121, from Whitmire to Rock Hill.

South Carolina Highway 72 marker

South Carolina Highway 72
Route information
Maintained by SCDOT
Length124.8 mi[1] (200.8 km)
Existed1942–present
Major junctions
West end SR 72 at the Georgia line near Calhoun Falls
 
East end SC 122 in Rock Hill
Location
CountiesAbbeville, Greenwood, Laurens, Newberry, Union, Chester, York
Highway system
SC 71SC 75

Route descriptionEdit

 
Monument to the Battle of Fishdam Ford, located on the east bank of the Broad River

The route travels across the state in a southwest to northeast direction, and is sometimes referenced[according to whom?] as an unofficial border between the Midlands and the Upstate regions. Beginning at the Georgia state line on a bridge over Lake Russell (where it is the continuation of SR 72) SC 72 goes through the town of Calhoun Falls and goes through rural areas of Abbeville County before skirting the county seat of Abbeville on a bypass route. The route serves as the major thoroughfare for traffic between Abbeville and Greenwood, where it bypasses the downtown area to the north.

Leaving Greenwood, the route heads towards Clinton where it intersects with I-26. Passing the interstate, the route enters into the Sumter National Forest and passes through the small town of Whitmire. From Whitmire until just shy of its eastern terminus, SC 72 is cosigned with SC 121. The route exits the Sumter National Forest and bypasses Chester to the south. Once past Chester, the route turns more towards the north as it enters Rock Hill, where it terminates at SC 122 in the downtown area.

HistoryEdit

 
A sign denoting South Carolina Highway 72, located near Calhoun Falls.

SC 72 had two previous stents in the state before settling in its current role. The first SC 72 was established in 1925 or 1926 as a new primary routing, from SC 7 at the Saluda River, north to SC 10 in Waterloo. In 1932, this routing became part of U.S. Route 221 (US 221).

The second SC 72 appeared in 1940 as a new primary routing from SC 7, near the Broad River, to Leeds. In 1942, it was renumbered as SC 722; though was later downgraded in 1948 to secondary Leeds Road (S-12-25).[2]

The third, and current, SC 72 was established in 1942 as a renumbering of SC 7; it traversed from the Georgia state line, near Calhoun Falls, to US 21 in Chester. In 1950, it was extended northeast to US 21/SC 5 in Rock Hill, which replaced part of US 21. In 1951 or 1952, its routing was adjusted west of Greenwood replacing SC 702 and leaving Old Abbeville Highway (S-1-3 and S-24-1).[3][4][5][6]

In 1954, SC 72 was placed on bypass south and east around Chester; its old alignment became a business route.[2][7] Also same year, SC 72 was moved south of Abbeville leaving behind Vienna Street (S-1-1) and Cambridge Street/Old Abbeville Highway (S-1-133).[3][4] In 1961, SC 72 was placed on new bypass north around Greenwood; its old alignment became a business route.[6][8] Sometime between 1990-1996, SC 72 was placed on a bypass south and east around Clinton; its old alignment became a business route.[9][10] In 2013, SC 72's eastern terminus was adjusted to end at the western terminus of SC 122 on Johnston Street; part of a major removal of highways through downtown Rock Hill.[11][12][13][14]

Junction listEdit

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
Abbeville0.00.0  SR 72 west – ElbertonContinuations beyond Georgia state line over the Savannah River/Richard B. Russell Lake
Calhoun Falls3.25.1  SC 81 (Calhoun Street) – Mount Carmel, McCormick, Lowndesville
14.423.2  SC 823 south (Mount Carmel Road) – Mount Carmel
16.025.7  SC 28 – McCormick, Anderson
Abbeville18.029.0  SC 20 east (Main Street) – Due West, Anderson
GreenwoodGreenwood27.844.7   
  SC 72 Bus. east (Cambridge Avenue) – Greenwood
28.746.2  To SC 225 / Calhoun Road
30.048.3      
     US 25 north / US 178 west / US 25 Bus. south / US 178 Bus. east – Greenwood, Anderson, Greenville
North end of US 25 and west end of US 178 overlap
30.749.4  SC 254 (Cokesbury Road) – Cokesbury
32.251.8      
     US 25 south / US 178 east / US 221 south / SC 72 Bus. west – Greenwood, Edgefield, McCormick
South end of US 25/US 221 and east end of US 178 overlap
Coronaca37.159.7  SC 246 – Hodges, Ninety Six
Laurens40.565.2  US 221 north (Greenwood Highway) – LaurensNorth end of US 221 overlap
Cross Hill44.671.8  SC 39 (Main Street) – Saluda, Laurens
Clinton56.490.8   
  SC 72 Bus. (Broad Street)
56.791.2    
   SC 56 west / SC 56 Bus. east (Jacobs Highway) – Saluda
West end of SC 56 overlap
58.193.5  US 76 (Carolina Avenue) – Newberry
59.896.2    
   SC 56 east / SC 72 Bus. west – Cross Anchor
East end of SC 56 overlap
61.098.2  I-26 – Columbia, SpartanburgI-26 exit 54
NewberryWhitmire75.7121.8  SC 66 west (Glenn Street) – Joanna
76.0122.3   US 176 east / SC 121 south (Watson Street) – Newberry, Columbia, AugustaEast end of US 176 and south end of SC 121
Union77.6124.9  US 176 north – UnionWest end of US 176 overlap
Carlisle86.8139.7  SC 215 north (King Kennedy Street) – Santuc, UnionNorth end of SC 215 overlap
Chester90.7146.0  SC 215 south (Fairfield Road) – Monticello, ColumbiaSouth end of SC 215 overlap
Chester103.2166.1   US 321 / SC 9 north / West End Street – Chester, LockhartNorth end of US 321/SC 9 overlap
105.0169.0     
    US 321 / SC 97 south / US 321 Bus. north (Columbia Road) – Winnsboro, Great Falls
South end of US 321/SC 97 overlap
106.2170.9    
   SC 9 south (Lancaster Highway) / SC 9 Bus. north – Lancaster
South end of SC 9 overlap
107.2172.5  SC 97 north (J.A. Cochran Bypass) – York, Hickory GroveNorth end of SC 97 overlap
Lewis112.5181.1  SC 909 east (Rodman Road)East end of SC 909 overlap
112.6181.2  SC 909 west (Aaron Burr Road)West end of SC 909 overlap
York119.1191.7  SC 324 west – York
Rock Hill123.2198.3   SC 121 north (Albright Road) / SC 901 south (Mount Holly Road) – Charlotte, EdgemoorNorth end of SC 121 and south end of SC 901 overlap
123.2198.3   SC 5 / SC 901 north (Heckle Boulevard) – NewportNorth end of SC 901 overlap
124.8200.8  SC 122 east (Johnston Street) / Saluda Street
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routesEdit

Greenwood business loopEdit

 

 

South Carolina Highway 72 Business
LocationGreenwood, South Carolina
Length4.2 mi[15] (6.8 km)
Existed1961–present

SC 72 Business was established in 1961 when mainline SC 72 was bypassed north of Greenwood. It follows the original mainline route through downtown Greenwood, via Cambridge Avenue, Grace Street and Reynolds Avenue.

Clinton business loopEdit

 

 

South Carolina Highway 72 Business
LocationClinton, South Carolina
Length3.3 mi[16] (5.3 km)

SC 72 Business follows the original mainline route that use to traverse through downtown Clinton, via Broad Street and Willard Road. The route passes by the main entrance of Presbyterian College. It also shares a concurrency with SC 56 Bus. for the majority of the route.

Chester business loopEdit

 

 

South Carolina Highway 72 Business
LocationChester, South Carolina
Length2.6 mi[17] (4.2 km)
Existed1954–N/A

SC 72 Business was established in 1954 when mainline SC 72 was bypassed to the south and east of Chester. It followed the original mainline route through downtown Chester, via West End Street, Main Street and Saluda Street/Road. In 1964, SC 121 Bus. was established and completely overlapped SC 72 Bus. It is unknown when the business loop was decommissioned.

Rock Hill business spurEdit

 

 

South Carolina Highway 72 Business
LocationRock Hill, South Carolina
Length1.8 mi[18] (2.9 km)
Existed1950–N/A

SC 72 Business was established in 1950 as a business spur into downtown Rock Hill, via Saluda Street, from mainline SC 72, which continued east to terminate at US 21/SC5 (Anderson Road). Though never originally part of mainline SC 72, it was eventually replaced by the mainline at an unknown date.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Google (April 8, 2014). "South Carolina Highway 72" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  2. ^ a b General Highway Map, Chester County, South Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. South Carolina Department of Transportation. 1942. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  3. ^ a b General Highway Map, Abbeville County, South Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. South Carolina Department of Transportation. 1940. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  4. ^ a b General Highway Map, Abbeville County, South Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. South Carolina Department of Transportation. 1958. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  5. ^ General Highway Map, Greenwood County, South Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. South Carolina Department of Transportation. 1940. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  6. ^ a b General Highway Map, Greenwood County, South Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. South Carolina Department of Transportation. 1950. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  7. ^ General Highway Map, Chester County, South Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. South Carolina Department of Transportation. 1954. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  8. ^ General Highway Map, Greenwood County, South Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. South Carolina Department of Transportation. 1963. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  9. ^ General Highway Map, Laurens County, South Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. South Carolina Department of Transportation. 1987. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  10. ^ General Highway Map, Laurens County, South Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. South Carolina Department of Transportation. 1996. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  11. ^ General Highway Map, York County, South Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. South Carolina Department of Transportation. 1996. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  12. ^ "Binder-all applications May 2013" (PDF). AASHTO. May 2013. p. 301. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  13. ^ "Report to SCOH from USRN SM2013 May 3" (PDF). AASHTO. May 3, 2013. p. 8. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  14. ^ Rock Hill Urban Area, York County (PDF) (Map). South Carolina Department of Transportation. October 2013. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  15. ^ Google (September 1, 2013). "South Carolina Highway 72 Business - Greenwood" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  16. ^ Google (September 1, 2013). "South Carolina Highway 72 Business - Clinton" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  17. ^ Google (September 1, 2013). "South Carolina Highway 72 Business - Chester" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  18. ^ Google (September 1, 2013). "South Carolina Highway 72 Business - Rock Hill" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved September 1, 2013.

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