Backgate traffic light problem solved

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - If you take a drive down Farrow Parkway, headed toward the Backgate, you'll see that the traffic light that was causing issues last week, is no longer there.

Last Wednesday, crews installed a traffic light in preparation for parts of the overpass to be constructed at a later date.

The traffic signal directed cars from Farrow Parkway to SC-707 and SC-707 to Farrow Parkway.

The new light was not synching with the already installed traffic light. Both lights could be seen at once sending slightly different signals.

This became a safety issue and an area of concern for drivers, causing officials to take action.

"We were trying to get the timing close on those lights but still had some issues with that and some concerns about safety and had some complaints also from the public so we felt in the best interest to actually remove a second set of those lights yesterday so drivers will just see one set of lights at this time," says Horry County Spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier.

Crews finished removing the traffic light at 11:30 p.m., Sunday Night, according to project engineer for CDM Smith, John Johnston.

This second set of traffic lights will be re-installed when the bridge is constructed in December; however, the structure will block drivers from seeing more than one set of lights at a time.

Bourcier says that although this traffic light was a hiccup in construction, it did not set the project off schedule.

"We're on schedule to finish the entire project August of next year," she says. "There's some tweaks that we have here and there but definitely safety is what is the most concerning of everybody we want to make sure that the public remains safe as well as the construction workers so we can get this project done."

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