MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) The project to revamp the intersection along Highway 501 and Wild Wings Boulevard and Burning Ridge Road started last November. City of Conway officials say the entire project is moving along as scheduled and the entire thing may wrap up by this spring.
Jerry Barnhill, Public Works Director for the City of Conway, says he's impressed with the progress made on the Wild Wing Project so far. According to Barnhill, there a few phases left before the new traffic lights will become fully operational. First, the realignment of Wild Wind Blvd has been to be completed. Realignment work on Burning Ridge Road also needs to be completed, and that should start this week.
Work on Highway 501 is scheduled for mid- March, weather permitting. During that time, crews will work on the construction of the new turning lanes and lay the new pavement on the road. Barnhill says traffic controllers will be on the highway to direct traffic around that construction.
This is an improvement project Barnhill says is great for safety and convenience, especially with the growing population in this area.
"You've got so many developments, subdivisions, complexes for apartments. Right now, it's a safety issue trying to cross Highway 501," says Barnhill. The Public Works Director says the final completion date is still early April.
Elain Molchan has lived in a community off of Wild Wing Blvd for 10 years and she says she avoids the Wild Wing Blvd entrance as much as possible because of the safety concern. Without the traffic light, she says crossing Highway 501 is difficult and scary. For Molchan, the finished product could not come soon enough.
"We'd like it a little quicker of course, but, they're working. I would rather they take long and do it right. But we're glad that's it's going forward and progressing and soon we'll have a light."