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The Department of Public Works maintains all roadway networks and bridges owned by the county, as well as constructing an average of 8 miles of paved road each year.


The Department of Public Works maintains all roadway networks and bridges owned by the county, as well as constructing an average of 8 miles of paved road each year. Currently, this includes 1437 miles of roadways and 72 bridges. There are 783 miles of paved roads ranging from arterial roads such as Carolina Forest Boulevard which carries over 24,000 trips per day to local access roads in neighborhoods and rural areas. There are also 654 of miles of unpaved roads which include roads improved with marine limestone surfaces and also natural earth surfaces.

From 1999 to 2014 Horry County has accepted ownership and maintenance, typically through land development, of approximately 20 miles (average) of new roads each year. Also, unpaved roads are being improved and paved through the local road plan and the local option sales tax road plan known as Riding on a Penny. These two plans will combine to pave between 150 and 200 miles of existing unpaved roads between 2007 and 2014.


How do I get driveway tile?
The Horry County Engineering Department reviews such requests individually and, upon approval, issues an encroachment permit for the placement of items within the County's right-of-way. Encroachment permits are issued at no charge by the Engineering Department. If you have trouble displaying the form online, they will be happy to mail a copy or you can stop by the Engineering Department to pick one up.
Where do I pay my water bill?
Public Works maintains County roads. We are not responsible for water, sewer, or trash removal in the County.
When will my road be worked?
All County roads are maintained on a regular schedule, approximately every two (2) weeks or as needed to minimize dust.

Common Terms

Terms used to describe work performed by motorgraders on unpaved roads.
Limestone used as a base to stabilize roads.
Outfall Ditch
Ditch that allows water to drain away from roads.
Right of Way/Easement
Legal document granting County access for road maintenance purposes.
Major storm water drainage for Horry County.

Major Projects

Heavy Construction Crews
Recently completed paving:Fries Bay Road, Shady Lane, and Calvary off Hwy 9.
Currently Paving
Bluebird Road, Hugo Road, Fern Ridge Road, Huckleberry Road, Kara Road, and Nicholas Street
Upcoming Road Projects
Dogwood Street, Fore Road, King Crest Drive, Bussey Lane, Turkey Pen Road and Straight A Way.

Interesting Facts

  • Presently have staff of 79 employees.
  • Maintain 654 miles of unpaved roads and 783 miles of paved roads.
  • Average paving - 8 miles of roads per year.
  • Improve approximately 25 miles of roads with Limestone Base Course.
  • Accepted dedication of 36 miles of new roads from FY10 - FY14.

Department Well

Department Head
David Gilreath
Phone: (843) 915-5410
Fax: (843) 365-0671
Mailing Address
4401 Privetts Road
Conway, SC 29526
Physical Address
4401 Privetts Road
Conway, SC 29526
Office Hours
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday through Friday


To report a drainage or water quality problem, please call the hotline: 843-381-8000.

Riding on a Penny

Learn about the penny sales tax for roads and track project status at Riding on a Penny's official website.

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