Road project near Market Common near completion, but causing delays

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The intersection connecting U.S. 17, Farrow Parkway and 707 has been an ongoing project for the past months. The Horry County Public Information Officer, Lisa Bourcier, says their latest move is part of the finishing touches for the project.

Workers have been prepping Farrow Parkway for permanent concrete medians for a few weeks now, and this Wednesday, they will start pouring the concrete. People that live and work in Market Common see what the construction is doing for the area, but overall they understand. Quick trips to the store or back home that once took ten minutes are now taking a half hour or more, but Bourcier urges people to hang in there, because this project will alleviate all of the existing traffic.

Ashley Gasbarro lives in Market Common and says she just avoids the intersection.

"I go Business 17 to avoid the traffic," Gasbarro said. "That left hand turn light going to Surfside really takes a long time, and it's not worth the wait, so I just go around."

Peter Marden has been visiting Myrtle Beach for 10 years. He says before the construction, he would be stuck in traffic for an extensive amount of time, especially if he had plans during a rush hour in both the afternoon or at night. He admits he has been avoiding the area, but thinks it will be worth it.

"It's a case of short-term gain for long-term gain," Marden sad. "I think they are going to appreciate once all of the construction is done that was done."

Lisa Bourcier says the project is still on schedule and to be finished by August. Next on the agenda, they plan to extend the concrete medians across the intersection to 707. No date for that project has been set yet. Weather permitting, this week's median installation on Farrow Parkway should be done by Friday.

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