Construction to begin on dangerous intersection

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Crews plan on transforming a dangerous intersection starting on May 13, just after graduation and the Spring Semester ends.

Coastal Carolina University has been working with the Department of Transportation on improving the intersection of Founders Drive and Highway 544, where a back gate entrance to the campus is used by hundreds of students by  foot, every day.

After moths of organizing, the loose ends are tied up, and planners hope to hit the ground running.

The Director of the University Projects & Planning Department, Rein Mungo, explains CCU recently met with SCDOT to work out all the details.

"Waiting until after graduation lets us work without the influx of students in the area," Mungo says.

Fewer people in the area means less chance of someone getting hurt.

"The construction materials, vehicles, poles and concrete will present a bigger danger for pedestrians," Mungo says, so contractors and crews will be out working from dusk until dawn to alleviate any traffic issues.

"We'll be working at night to keep any major disruptions from happening to someone's commute," he says.

They hope to have the project wrapped up in 45 days. The Projects & Planning Department explains this fast pace is possible because the subcontractor already has certain construction materials, which will cut project time, because they won't have to bid out for them. Instead, they can get construction moving.

Starting in mid-May has the project waiting until after the campus clears out but before summer traffic heats up.

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