SC 72
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From: Rock Hill (York County)
To: Georgia State Line west of Calhoun Falls (Abbeville County)
Total Length: 9.3 miles  
The route continues 48 more miles to US 29 at Athens GA.
ROUTE LOG
SC 122: 0 - 0
SC 5, SC 901 NB: 1.7 - 1.7
SC 121 NB, SC 901 SB: 0.2 - 1.9
SC 324: 4.2 - 6.1
Chester-York Line: 3.1 - 9.2
SC 909 WB: 3.6 - 12.8
SC 909 EB: 0.1 - 12.9
SC 97 NB: 5.4 - 18.3
SC 9 EB, SC 9 Bus: 1.0 - 19.3
US 321 SB, US 321 Bus, SC 97 SB: 1.3 - 20.6
US 321 NB, SC 9 WB: 1.9 - 22.5
SC 215 SB: 12.6 - 35.1
Union-Chester Line: 1.2 - 36.3
SC 215 NB: 2.7 - 39.3
US 176 WB: 9.2 - 48.5
Newberry-Union Line: 1.0 - 49.5
US 176 EB, SC 121 SB: 0.5 - 50.0
SC 66: 0.3 - 50.3
Laurens-Newberry Line: 3.1 - 53.4
I-26 (exit 54): 12.2 - 65.6
SC 56 NB, SC 72 Bus: 1.3 - 66.9
US 76: 1.7 - 68.6
SC 56 SB, SC 56 Bus: 1.2 - 69.8
SC 72 Bus: 0.3 - 70.1
SC 39: 11.8 - 81.9
US 221 NB: 4.3 - 86.2
Greenwood-Laurens Line: 0.8 - 87.0
SC 246: 2.5 - 89.5
US 25 SB, US 178 EB, US 221 SB, SC 72 Bus: 5.0 - 94.5
SC 254: 1.6 - 96.1
US 25 NB, US 25 Bus, US 178 WB, US 178 Bus: 0.6 - 96.7
SC 72 Bus: 2.6 - 99.3
Abbeville-Greenwood Line: 1.6 - 100.9
SC 203: 7.8 - 108.7
SC 28: 2.0 - 110.7
SC 823: 1.4 - 112.2
SC 81: 11.2 - 123.4
GA STATE LINE: 3.0 - 126.4
Creation: Appeared in 1942 as a renumbering of SC 7, running from US 21 (now US 321 Bus/SC 9 Bus) Chester southwest through Whitmire, Laurens, Greenwood, Abbeville, and Calhoun Falls before heading into Georgia. This is the 3rd SC 72.
Adjustments: In 1950, SC 72 was extended northeast to end at US 21-SC 5 east of Rock Hill, replacing the original routing of US 21.

1949 Official
US 21 Chester to Rock Hill
1949 Official
1950 Official
SC 72 Chester to Rock Hill
1950 Official

In late 1950, SC 72 was removed from S-1-3 and S-24-1 west of Greenwood. The straighter path was SC 702.
In 1950 (bridge date), SC 72 was removed from Christian Rd loop at Coronaca Creek east of Greenwood.
About 1951, SC 72 was rebuilt to avoid central Abbeville and straightened out east to Greenwood County, leaving behind a little SC 28 (now S-1-1); SC 203; lengthy S-1-133.

1941 Official
SC 7 Calhoun Falls to Greenwood
1941 Official
1942 Official
SC 72 Calhoun Falls to Greenwood
1942 Official
1951 Official
SC 72 bypasses Abbeville and replaces SC 702 to Greenwood
1951 Official

About 1952, SC 72 was placed on newly constructed bypass around the south and east of Chester, leaving behind SC 72 Bus (now S-12-276 and S-12-275).

1942 Chester County
SC 72 into Chester
1942 Chester County
1952 Chester County
SC 72 Bypasses Chester
1952 Chester County

About 1960, SC 72 was placed on newly constructed bypass around the north of Greenwood, leaving behind SC 72 Bus.

1958 Greenwood County
SC 72 through Greenwood
1958 Greenwood County
1960 Greenwood County
SC 72 Bypasses Greenwood
1960 Greenwood County

Between 1990-96, SC 72 was placed on a bypass south around Clinton, leaving behind SC 72 Business. The full Clinton bypass was actually built by 1985, but it was P-3002 at first. Official maps do not differentiate when it changed from a P route to SC 56-72 Bypass.

1987 Laurens County
P-3002 Bypasses Clinton
1987 Laurens County
1996 Laurens County
SC 72 Bypasses Clinton
1996 Laurens County

In 2005, SC 72 was removed from S-1-579 Savannah St and instead placed on a mix of new construction and an upgrade to part of S-1-78 on Cox Ave through Calhoun Falls.

2005 Abbeville County
SC 72 original Calhoun Falls routing
2005 Abbeville County
2010 Calhoun Falls
SC 72 new Calhoun Falls routing
2010 Calhoun Falls

In 2013, SC 72 was removed from the Rock Hill bypass (leaving behind SC 5 and SC 121) and instead replaced SC 72 Business to end at SC 122 in central Rock Hill.

1962 York County
SC 72 Bypasses Rock Hill
1962 York County
2013 City of Rock Hill
SC 72 rerouted into Rock Hill
2013 City of Rock Hill

Improvements: Fully paved upon designation.
SC 72's first 4-lane segment arrived in 1962, along the US 176 multiplex.
A mile or so east of the Greenwood bypass was 4-laned between 1966-67.
The Chester Bypass was 4-laned in 1977.
The entire US 221 multiplex was 4-laned between 1983-85.
The eastern half of SC 72's Greenwood Bypass was 4-laned by 1987.
The easternmost 3 miles of SC 72 when still on the Rock Hill Bypass were 4-laned in 1990.
The western half of the Greenwood Bypass was 4-laned in 1992, as was SC 72 from Abbeville east to the Sumter National Forest boundary.
All of SC 72 between Abbeville and Greenwood was 4-laned in 1997.
Around 2004 (bridge dates), SC 72 was multilaned from US 221 to around Clinton.
SC 72 was 4-laned from Abbeville west to the Georgia State Line in 2005.
Comment: SC 72 is a major east-west routing in South Carolina, connecting several larger towns.
SC 72 crosses large portions of Sumter National Forest.
SC 72's multiplex with SC 121 is easily South Carolina's longest current multiplex at 48 miles.

Previous SC 72's:

1931 ROUTE LOG
SC 7: 0 - 0
SC 10: 4.2 - 4.2


1941 ROUTE LOG
SC 7: 0 - 0
END SC 72: 1.7 - 1.7
SC 72 #1: Appeared in 1925 or 1926 as new primary routing, running from SC 7 (now SC 72) at the Saluda River north to SC 10 (now S-30-29) Waterloo.
In 1932, SC 72 became part of US 221.

1926 Official
SC 72 #1
1926 Official
1932 Official
SC 72 becomes US 221
1932 Official
SC 72 #2: Appeared in 1940 as new primary routing, running as a 2 mile stub north off SC 7 (now SC 72-121) to Leeds in southwestern Chester County.
This SC 72 was renumbered as SC 722 in 1942. Today it is S-12-25.

1940 Official
SC 72 from SC 7 to Leeds
1940 Official
1942 Official
SC 722 replaces SC 72
1942 Official


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