Drivers worried Grand Strand road projects may miss deadlines

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Multiple road projects are underway that are having a big impact on drivers up and down the Grand Strand.  These projects have completion dates slated for May, but some drivers are concerned about the roadway headaches there could be if crews miss their deadlines.

"It's going to be bumper-to-bumper from Georgetown to North Myrtle Beach, it will be terrible," said driver Joe Reagan.

One project just getting started is the Kings Highway streetscaping project in Myrtle Beach.  From now until May, crews will work on widening sidewalks, adding crosswalks, and resurfacing the road.

The project contractor has a deadline of May 31, and faces penalties if the deadline is missed.  If that happens, Reagan said the city should opt to delay the project until fall because the roads during the summer will simply be too busy.

"Postpone it," he said, "because it will cost people a lot of dollars in more ways than one, so just move it to when the tourist season is over."

Another project with a May deadline is on Hillside Drive in North Myrtle Beach, where sections of the road will be blocked to through traffic until its deadline.

Rental owner Chris Kiser said this project was desperately needed, because the area was prone to flooding.

"If we get a two or three inch rain, the old Ocean Drive section got flooded, and it was a big huge nightmare for a lot of vacationers," added Kiser.

The North Myrtle Beach city spokesperson said if for some reason work falls well behind schedule, and is only somewhere around 50 percent completed, the city could opt to shut the project down until next year.  That option, however, is not expected to be needed, because of strict contract requirements.

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