Summer, Memorial Day completion date road construction nears

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF)- Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching and with it comes the set deadline for completion of the current widening project happening on Highway 501. Crews are working to widen the road from two lanes to three on the inland bound lanes.

Right now, it looks like the work will be completed on time,but SCDOT officials said that could change if the weather does not cooperate.

For the time being, drivers like Dar Moser-Martin have to do the best they can to get around the construction.

"It's a nightmare because I come from Arrowhead [Lake Arrowhead Road] so I get right on," added Moser- Martin.  "Maybe one day a week, you're able to zip right through and I can make it to work on time. A lot of times I leave 15 to 20 minutes early."

Crews are working on the road at night when there is less traffic.  But during that time, sections of the highway are cut down to one lane leading to backed up traffic.

Moser-Martin said that is not always a bad thing.

"One nice thing about having congestion is they can see our restaurant here, which is kind of nice but the worst part is at night when it goes to one lane and I can't get out," added Moser-Martin.

This work is part of a multi-million dollar project to widen the highway's lanes near the Tanger Outlet Mall.

SCDOT officials said the final surfacing face of the project is set to begin on Sunday.  Crews will also have to go back and make permanent paintings on the road and install signals.

If for some reason there is a delay in the project past Memorial Day, SCDOT officials said crews will work late at night and into the early morning hours to complete the work.

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