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New lights, shorter wait times coming to Backgate

Signs of post construction life at the Backgate are starting to show through new traffic lights being installed at the busy intersection. | Source: WMBF News Signs of post construction life at the Backgate are starting to show through new traffic lights being installed at the busy intersection. | Source: WMBF News

HORRY COUNTY (WMBF)- Signs of post construction life at the Backgate are starting to show through new traffic lights being installed at the busy intersection.

Crews are entering the final phase of construction as the November deadline looms on the horizon, but a month before that, the county said cars should be able to drive on the new Backgate overpass. The change in traffic patterns will mean less people will have to stop at the intersection like they do now.

To accommodate the traffic shift, crews will change the cycle time on the new traffic lights, which is good for drivers who will no longer have to sit and wait as long as they used to.

The county said the drivers who may see the most benefit are the ones who drive on Highway 707 to get to the 17 Bypass.

James Evans with Evans Family Collision Repair Center off Hwy. 707 said a shorter light cycle time is welcome news.

"Just yesterday, I believe I was there through two cycles and it had to have been close to 11 minutes or so," added Evans. "With customers trying to get in and out of our driveway it's very difficult. "

The county said the cycle times on the new lights are expected to change and traffic will improve for some drivers sometime in October.

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