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Conway, South Carolina – After lengthy discussions with county staff and legal counsel, Horry County began construction on International Drive. County construction crews began clearing trees and vegetation along the right-of-way corridor of International Drive in order to get the road passable for construction vehicles in the interim. This work is estimated to take approximately 40 days. Horry County will contract the construction and paving operations of International Drive by a request for proposal that is estimated to be publicized around the first of October. Once a contract is awarded the paving operations are estimated to take 8-12 months, but a final date will not be known until a contract is awarded.
“There are always risks, but this is certainly an acceptable risk we are willing take,” stated Horry County Chairman Mark Lazarus. “Now that the judge ruled in favor of SC DHEC Sec 401 (water quality) permit, this allowed the US Army Corps to issue their Sec 404 (wetland fill) permit to us on July 22, 2016. We now have all the permits in our possession that allows us to begin construction on this road. There is the potential that a federal court action could be filed to stop us from paving the road, but again we are willing to take that risk. We have the money in the bank and all the required permits for this project, and we are going to get this road built.”
“We can’t thank our citizens enough for their continued support of this project and standing by us to fight the good fight,” commented Horry County Councilman Johnny Vaught. “We have an obligation to our citizens to fulfill the RIDE 2 referendum that was voted on in 2006, and we are prepared to continue our efforts until cars are driving on International Drive. That will be one glorious day!”
International Drive was the last project to break ground under the RIDE 2 1% sales tax initiative for roads that was passed by a referendum vote in 2006. Two other large road projects under that initiative will be completed late 2017 early 2018, which includes the widening of SC 707 from Enterprise Road to the Georgetown County line and the widening of Glenn’s Bay Road and a grade-separated interchange at the intersection of Glenn’s Bay Road and US Highway 17-Bypass.
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