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Consider This: Highway improvements

Work should begin soon to widen a portion of Highway 501… finally. While International Drive, another important project, sits idle.

Consider This:

The addition of a third traffic lane on Highway 501 will help a little, but it is a minor improvement for a major problem. Unfortunately, the 501 corridor was neglected in the current Riding on a Penny campaign. It's easy to see now that the funding for the Aynor Overpass, which receives very little use, should have been put towards improving the gridlock on 501.

And what about International Drive? Officials keep saying it will happen in the future… after the extension of Highway 31 and widening of 707. But the future keeps getting pushed further and further out. International Drive is a necessary link between Conway and Myrtle Beach and it seems some work could begin now. Start construction on the bear crossings and open the route as a gravel road.

Figuring out the rationale for road improvement projects is confusing. Maybe if it seemed that common sense was a requirement in determining priorities and funding it would be easier to understand.

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