HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - There are new details on a major road project that has been promised to local drivers for years. It may not look like work has started at the intersection of Glenns Bay and 17 Bypass, but plenty is going on behind the scenes. The Glenns Bay Widening Project is very close to construction.
SCDOT is currently reviewing the bids now and is working to put a contractor in charge of turning this intersection around. Based on the bids that have come in so far, this more than three-mile widening project will stay in the projected $75 to $80 million range. SCDOT has all the necessary permits in hand, so as soon as the contract is signed, the work will almost immediately begin.
Drivers say the sooner the better, because with the way traffic backs up in this area, many feel forced to drive illegally just to get where they need to go.
"Sometimes you know people will just jump on the lane, the next lane," said Reginald Harris, a driver in the area. "You know the wrong way, just to go to the gas station. So I think it'll help out."
The process the project is in now will determine how soon the construction phase starts. The SCDOT project manager says construction should start happening in September, but the project won't be finished until at least 2017.