SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Mayor of Surfside Beach, Doug Samples, recently applied for a grant to improve Highway 17 Business. The town currently has no record of the road being improved for at least the past 20 years.
The grant money will fund a major resurfacing project on what town leaders say Surfside Beach's busiest highway. Surfside Beach resident Steve Brigido is very familiar with the high-traffic road.
"Probably every day. Every day that I'm here and especially now that I'm a full time resident of Surfside, I drive it every day," admits Steve.
There are three main intersections Samples says really need work. Issues range from the sections of the road being uneven and potholes.
According to the town's Public Works department, parts of the road are five years away from becoming a hazard for drivers. Brigido says that's why moving forward with the improvements makes sense.
"They've got to keep up the roads, especially with the amount of traffic they get on them. They have to continue to stay up with the roads," adds Steve.
Samples says he hopes if this project goes through it will spark momentum for other road improvement projects in Surfside Beach. The project will cost nearly $1.3 million. The town will cover half the cost at $650.000 and grant money will cover the rest.
Samples says he expects to get a decision about the grant within the next few months. If the grant is not approved, he says town leaders will head back to the drawing board.