Highway 17 construction at Lake Arrowhead affecting some businesses

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The intersection where Highway 17 meets Lake Arrowhead is under construction this weekend. The construction is a part of the five-year project to replace the sewer system underneath Highway 17.

The construction began at the Lake Arrowhead intersection about five weeks ago and has already proven to be a hard hit for some business owners. Judy Post, owner of Beauty by Judy says she has lost clients because they can't figure out how to get around the traffic.

"I've had cancellations, you know last-minute cancellations, because they'll get down to the point and then they'll say I'm turning around and going back, and even though I'm trying to explain they can go right," Post said. "That gets a little aggravating."

City spokesperson Mark Kruea tells us that the southbound Lanes of Highway 17 will be affected. Only two will be open during the day and cars will not be able to cross over from side to side or go up Lake Arrowhead. He wants to remind people that even though sewers are "out of sight, out of mind" for some people, it is very important that they be fixed.

"We're replacing a sewer line that's 30-plus years old. It is beginning to fail," Kruea said. "It's not large enough to be able to handle the growth we've seen over the last 30 years so we need to put in a new sewer line or things won't work very well. So it's one of those projects that has to be done, and that's why we do it during the off season."

If you do have to get to the businesses in that area then you can go around the intersection by taking Highway 31. All of the sewer construction is expected to be done by the end of April. Kruea says they are still on schedule despite the weather the area has had.

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