FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - The road widening of Highway378 will soon begin and take two years to complete. On Monday, county and state leaders broke ground on phase one of the project, at the intersection of Freindfield Road and Highway 378.
"I think it should probably help with all the traffic," said Faye Daniels, owner of Faye's Diner.
For more than 20 years, Faye Daniels has been feeding hungry travelers heading up and down Highway 378 at her diner.
Daniels said through the years, she's watched and heard all the problems the road gives those drivers.
"It's really busy in the summer time. It's really hard to get on and off," said Daniels.
More than seven years ago, county leaders noticed more wrecks along the road, and that's when improving the road became a priority. Highway 378, along with five other road projects were added to the county's first Penny Sales Project and voters approved.
"Through my 23 years as a volunteer firefighter for the South Lynches Fire Department, I've witnessed numerous fatal accidents on this stretch of highway on 378," said Jason Springs, Florence County Councilman.
Springs says to help with those hazards Highway 378 will be expanded to a four-lane highway including a paved median.
Daniels says she thinks these improvements will be good for her diner and the community. "And make it a lot more accessible to the local people," she said.
County leaders hope that once the total widening is complete more industry and jobs will be attracted to the area.
"This case where we are widening a primary highway, that's a United States highway, it spurs development," said Springs.