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Horry County Begins Work on International Drive

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.

 

 

 



PORTION OF ENTERPRISE ROAD TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE FOR SC-31 EXTENSION PROJECT

Conway, South Carolina – Contractors for the SC-31 Extension Project will close a portion of Enterprise Road on Monday, September 14, 2015, for approximately nine months to construct the new Enterprise Road Bridge over SC-31. The closure will take place from Hunter’s Horn Lane to Butler Road. Enterprise Road is expected to reopen to all traffic in June 2016. Electronic message boards are placed around the detour to notify motorists of the closure. Detour maps are attached.

The SC-31 Extension Project extends the current terminus at SC-544 to SC-707, a distance of approximately 3.8 miles. The project began construction in March 2014 and will be a multi-lane freeway facility with a grassed median that will include a bridge over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, a partial interchange at SC-544 and a full interchange at SC-707. The approximate $190M total project is currently 40% complete and is expected to be completed in summer 2017. 

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Resurfacing work to begin on Carolina Forest Boulevard

Conway, South Carolina – Beginning the evening of Monday, June 22, resurfacing work will begin on Carolina Forest Boulevard, from the fire station/Covington Lakes entrance to River Oaks Drive. This project will only take place in the evenings between 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. to reduce the traffic impacts to the area and is expected to be completed in three weeks, weather permitting.

Again, all work will be done in the evenings (excluding Friday and Saturday) and motorists can expect some delays in nighttime traffic due to single lane closures. Flaggers will assist motorists through the active construction zone. 



Bridge Replacements To Take Place on Old Highway 90 Road

Conway, South Carolina – Beginning on August 11, work will begin to replace two existing bridge structures. This work is part of the Riding on a Penny sales tax program and will include paving 11,000 feet of the existing dirt road after the bridge-work has been completed.

Individuals traveling along Old Highway 90 Road will experience temporary road closures around the areas of the existing bridges from August 11 to October 6, 2014. Old Highway 90 Road will be closed to thru traffic; however the contractor will maintain access to all properties during construction to sustain the ingress/egress of traffic for property owners.



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