Backgate work delayed because of weather

From staff reportsApril 30, 2014 

Backgate Construction

A worker cuts a piece of metal as work continues on the backgate overpass. The back gate won't be ready until November, instead of August as originally planned because of delays caused by the ice storms this winter.

BY CHARLES SLATE — cslate@thesunnews.com Buy Photo

The intersection of U.S. 17 Bypass and S.C. 707 won’t close overnight Wednesday as planned because officials have delayed the work on the new bridge because of the threat of bad weather.

The intersection was scheduled to be closed overnight Wednesday so crews could install an overhang bracket, tighten bolts on the northbound bridge and remove the wooden protective structure from the southbound bridge.

Horry County said that work will be delayed, but didn’t say when it would take place. No left turns off U.S. 17 Bypass onto S.C. 707 or Farrow Parkway will be allowed when that work is being done.

The $121.7 million project, known as the back gate construction because of its proximity to the old back gate of the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, will include an overpass that eliminates the stoplight at the Farrow Parkway/S.C. 707 intersection, and keeps U.S. 17 Bypass traffic moving. It is estimated that about 70,000 cars and trucks pass through that intersection during peak season.

The project is expected to be complete in November, three months later than originally planned because of delays during the winter ice storms.

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