S.C. 31 extension project on schedule; more work slated for summer


The S.C. 31 extension project is on schedule and construction into the summer includes continued progress on the Intracoastal Waterway bridge, beginning work on other bridges for the project, and more soil work on the east side of S.C. 707 for the new interchange.

“The project is progressing well and is on schedule,” said Lisa Bourcier, spokeswoman for Horry County. “Traffic hasn’t played much of a factor, since this is a new alignment and most of it is being built away from traffic. This spring has been wet, but it hasn’t impacted the bridge construction.”

The $237 million project to extend S.C. 31 to about S.C. 707 has been a multi-year project funded mostly by State Infrastructure Bank Funds, and in part with American Recovery and Investment Act Funds and local match dollars. The nearly four-mile extension will be a multi-lane highway that includes a bridge over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Construction is slated to be completed by the spring of 2017.

Motorists may have already seen and continue to occasionally see concrete girders being delivered along the project path, which includes Peachtree Road, Dick Pond Road and Forestbrook areas along S.C. 707. The girders are for the Intracoastal Waterway bridge. Bourcier said they shouldn’t cause any delays or traffic concerns.

“They are being set either the same day or within a day or two of being delivered,” Bourcier said. “More spans will be set as the areas become ready.”

Contact JASON M. RODRIGUEZ at 626-0301 or on Twitter @TSN_JRodriguez.