CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) - Work is set to begin Monday to add turn-only lanes in Carolina Forest. Turning on Carolina Forest Boulevard can be difficult enough for drivers as it is, and now they will also have to worry about the construction. Since this turn lane project will go on through at least November, it will affect all the drivers in the area.
WMBF News asked County officials what you should expect to deal with for the next four months, and they say during the busiest traffic times they will always try to keep the two lanes open. There will be no lane closures during the day, and most of the work will carry on at night into the early morning. When a lane needs to be closed, the plan is to have flagger crews out to direct traffic and ease any congestion.
The main areas where the work will be are The Southgate Subdivision, Avalon Subdivision, and the Horry County Recreation Center and Library entrance. While drivers are happy this project is starting, they are still concerned about how construction will affect getting around. Especially since Carolina Forest Boulevard is a roadway with plenty of safety issues.
Rich Post, who lives off of Carolina Forest Boulevard, said congestion is a major issue, adding, "Turning out or making a left hand turn on that lane can be difficult."
"I try to avoid the area," explained Heather Kidder, an area driver. "It's just very hectic through there and I just avoid it at all costs frankly."
Once it starts, drivers probably won't get any breaks from the construction because the work has been contracted to go on up to every single day of the week. But whether work is going on or not, drivers will have to drive slower because the speed limit will change for the entire length of this project.