Grand Strand locals have been dealing with travel headaches, also known as Glenns Bay interchange traffic jams, shortly after construction began in the winter of 2014 on this and other nearby road work.
The good news is that it will soon come to an end.
In about a year.
The completion dates for this and connecting roadwork on S.C. 707 and Carolina Bays Parkway is set for “spring/summer 2018,” according to the latest update from county and state officials.
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That’s in keeping with what officials have been saying pre Hurricane Matthew, when delays by weather and utility work slowed the project until spring.
After the hurricane, officials inched the conclusion to early summer, when the ribbons would be cut and drivers free to commute without interference.
The completion date was originally expected to be this summer.
On the S.C. 707 widening project, the new traffic signal at Bay Road was activated last Thursday and the new signal at Holmestown Road is scheduled to be activated this week, said Lisa Bourcier, spokeswoman for Horry County.
Sidewalk installation as well as storm drains, curbs and gutters, are also making their way down the project towards the U.S. 17 end, while asphalt paving is expected to continue over the next several months.
Bridge construction is ongoing at the Glenn's Bay Road widening and U.S. 17 Bypass interchange, where one interior bent is completed and another under construction, Bourcier said.
Meanwhile, storm drain installation is continuing on Glenn’s Bay.
Piles have been driven at the northern end bent, and are currently being driven on the southern bent.
On S.C. 31, the Carolina Bays Parkway, work on the Intracoastal Waterway and S.C. 707 bridges is still ongoing where a majority of the mainline and ramp concrete pavement has been placed, Bourcier said.
The opening of that road project is tied in with the completion of the S.C. 707 corridor widening.
Officials still plan to keep lane closures limited to nighttime construction only, and continue to send weekly advisories on those activities on S.C. 707.