HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Each year Horry County contracts with an outside company to install speed humps in residential areas.
In 2018, the county selected Hardee Civil Services and allocated $89,258 for the expected installation of 26 speed humps.
The money for this service is less than 1 percent of the county’s Road Maintenance Fund.
The fund is made from the $50 road maintenance fee collected from every motorized vehicle licensed within Horry County.
In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the county expects to generate $15.6 million dollars from fees and fines.
The total $17 million-dollar fund is used to improve, maintain and pave county roads.
Each speed hump is estimated to cost nearly $3,500.
Andy Markunas, head of Horry County’s engineering department, explained this amount includes the asphalt, pavement marking and signs.
Speed humps are installed in communities that reach out to the county. Homeowners Associations can submit letters expressing the need for a speed hump in the area.
“I guess the county’s position would be people just need to drive the speed limit. We don’t think they are necessary but it’s there for the community, if they want to use them, we can do that,” Markunas said. “It’s just another tool for communities to slow traffic down if they want to.”
Markunas explained cops can’t be everywhere so the humps can help reinforce speed limits.
Once a neighborhood reaches out, Horry County conducts a study. The county has specific speed and traffic minimums the area must meet before a hump is installed.
Markunas explained installing speed humps is not something the county would be able to do on its own.
“Obviously, we don’t have an asphalt plant, it’s very expensive to maintain. The capital equipment is very expensive. In order to make your money on equipment like that, you must keep it working, it can’t be sitting collecting dust in the yard,” Markunas said.
Currently, the county has a backlog of installation requests because its budget is capped each year.
Markunas said the county installed 257 humps since the program started in 2009.
Horry County awarded a nearly $400,000 contract to Carolina Pavement Marking Inc. in 2018.
The company will remark fading lines on existing roads and add markings to new county roads. Markunas explained these markings can be anything from double yellow lines in the middle of the road to arrows on the pavement.
This service also requires equipment that is not cost efficient for Horry County to maintain.
If you are interested in finding out more about installing speed humps in your neighborhood, contact Horry County’s Engineering Department at 843-915-5160. You can also find additional information by clicking here.