NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – It's been there for six months, but South Carolina Department of Transportation officials say the hole on the embankment of the Main Street Connector poses no risk the bridge. Motorists aren't so sure.
"I think it's ridiculous," said Micki Stephenson, who owns Coastal Bridal on Main Street. Stephenson and her employees take the bridge frequently.
"It's really ridiculous and sad," Stephenson said. "It puts both tourists and locals at risk."
But SCDOT engineer Dennis Townsend says the department has been constantly checking the hole since it first appeared, making sure the structural integrity of the bridge was intact. SCDOT engineers have checked the hole after every major rain.
"With how hot and humid it is now, not to mention how close we are to seawater, I'm sure it's taking a toll on it," Stephenson said.
Townsend tells WMBF News the SCDOT is working on repairing the hole, hoping to begin work on a temporary cover within two weeks. Later, a permanent solution will be found. Some drivers aren't alarmed by the hole, but aren't sure what good a cover will do at this point.
"I don't know who much good a band aid can do if there's a hole there already," said motorist Dan Meerdo. "I don't know if that will fix it."