Weather delays some bridge work at the backgate, more nighttime lane closures expected

02/14/2014 4:28 PM

02/14/2014 4:29 PM

The ice storm this week delayed some work on the new bridge at the intersection of Farrow Parkway, S.C. 707 and U.S. 17 Bypass, but more nighttime lane closures are expected when crews reschedule the work.

The placement of steel girders to connect to the top of the northbound bridge was expected to be completed this week, but was canceled as the area was hit by the ice storm, Horry County spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier said. The storm led to thousands of power outages, school closings and downed trees and limbs.

“This week’s work will need to be rescheduled,” she said. “There could be some minor night time lane closures as we finish up [this part of the] project.”

The $121 million project 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 summer season.

Nighttime traffic at times during the past few months has not been allowed to make left turns while crews install the girders for the bridge.

The project is expected to be finished in August and is on budget, Bourcier said.

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