Commissioners to hold public hearing on proposed byway in Lynn/Tryon

Published 4:05 pm Thursday, January 31, 2019

LYNN — The Polk County Board of Commissioners is asking for the public’s opinion on whether or not to apply for a scenic byway destination in the Lynn and Tryon areas of the county.

Commissioners are holding a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday prior to a regular meeting.

Commissioners last year asked the county’s appearance commission and a group of residents to work on the project after many residents opposed the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s plan to widen Highway 108 between Columbus and Tryon.

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The proposed route is from the corner of Highway 108 and Skyuka Road in Lynn near Pacolet Baptist Church, turn right before the Pacolet River bridge onto Old Howard Gap Road, then left onto Howard Gap Road. The route then loops back to Highway 108/Lynn Road, then goes onto Erskine Road. There is a possibility the route could include Harmon Field Road.

The proposed byway includes farmlands, forests, the Pacolet River and historic sites including the Sidney Lanier House, the GreenLife Inn at the Mimosa, the Mill Farm Inn and Lynncote.

A map of the proposed scenic byway can be found on the county’s website at

The county’s discussion Monday will include Kyle Cooper, NCDOT Scenic Byway Coordinator and a motion to approve the county manager retaining the low bidding consultant for the plan. The scenic byway committee fundraised all the funding to submit the applications to the state.

The public hearing will be at 7 p.m. in the R. Jay Foster Hall of Justice, located on the second floor of the Womack building in Columbus.