Steel girder installation at backgate resumes Monday

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - If you drive through the backgate area you'll be happy to hear the headache is getting closer to it's end. But before it gets better, it's going to get worse, at least for some drivers.

Steel girders for the north bound bridge at the intersection of US 17 Bypass and SC 707 will be set on Monday, February 3 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., and on the same hours on Tuesday, February 4.

During this time, motorists will be able to travel north and south on the US 17 bypass, but no left turns will be allowed at the intersection of SC 707 and Farrow Parkway. Those traveling on SC 707 and Farrow Parkway will only be allowed to turn right onto US 17 Bypass, not travel through the intersection or make left turns.

There will also be limited nighttime lane closures on a portion of the inside northbound lane on US 17 Bypass from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

Road work began Tuesday, Dec. 17 to install the steel beams that will support the southbound overpass at the intersection of Highway 17 bypass and Highway 707 or Farrow Parkway.

According to Horry County official Lisa Bourcier, "The proposed engineering method didn't work to allow for the final connection of the girder and for safety reasons was taken down."

The contractors met the next morning and decided to bring in a different piece of equipment to complete the process, which resume overnight on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

During that time crews had to "restrict traffic through that intersection for the safety of not only the workers but the community as well," said Bourcier.

But when crews set to install those same beams on the northbound side of the bridge, a winter storm set in. Traffic was to be restricted so you could only drive north and south as the beams were installed, but below freezing temperatures and icy conditions canceled those plans.

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