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August 13, 2014

Loris bridge replacement shouldn’t have big impact on traffic

A Loris area bridge is slated to be shut down for four months, but area officials say there should be no drastic impact on local traffic.

A Loris area bridge is slated to be shut down for four months, but area officials say there should be no drastic impact on local traffic.

The S.C. Department of Transportation has deemed the bridge crossing on Hemingway Road over Cowpens Swamp “structurally deficient,” and will begin work on Sept. 8 to replace it. Construction is expected to last until Dec. 29, state officials have said.

Horry County Councilman Paul Prince, who represents the area where the bridge is located, said there are alternate routes around traveling Hemingway Road, which intersects with S.C. 9.

“It’s a well traveled road, but it’s a rural road,” Prince said. “There’s a way for people who live there to get around it. They shouldn’t have too much of a problem.”

Those on the north side of the bridge should not have a problem getting onto S.C. 9 to get where they want, Prince said. Alternative routes to the south include Circle Bay Drive and West Bear Grass Road, which is about two miles out of the way.

“They’ll have a little bit of an inconvenience,” Prince said. “But it won’t be a great amount.”

Jody Prince, also a councilman who lives in Loris, said residents on the south end likely do not use Hemingway Road to get to Loris and the residents on the north end who use S.C. 22, they’ll be able to use to Circle Bay Drive.

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