Orange cones lining Hwy 707 causing concerns

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Motorists are voicing concern with the orange barrels lining Highway 707, and people who live in the area say the large cones are blocking their view of oncoming traffic.

"It's kind of difficult to get around," said area driver Rayfield Horton. "Cause I came out one night and I kind of got confused where the cones were."

The barrels line most of 707, from Enterprise Road down to Georgetown County, to warn drivers about the work happening all along the roadway. Contractors are busy taking down trees and relocating utility lines. Plenty of the work is happening around the busy Big Block Road intersection, where they're widening the road and adding a stop light.

Drivers have reached out, saying they're concerned about the long-term impact on their commute, even though the biggest phase of the project won't go out to bid until spring of 2014.

Horry County Spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier says drivers need to be patient and be ready.

"There's going to be a lot of activity," said Bourcier. "A lot of orange cones, a lot of roadwork signs, and people can expect to see that kind of activity within the next 3 years."

Bourcier tells WMBF News you shouldn't expect to see entire lane closings until the construction phase starts in the spring, but it's always best to drive slow whenever there is roadwork going on.

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