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Horry County looks beyond Backgate toward new road projects

The work being done during the intersection closures over night consists of getting the workers under the bridge and removing safety bracings. (Source: WMBF News) The work being done during the intersection closures over night consists of getting the workers under the bridge and removing safety bracings. (Source: WMBF News)
As for projects Horry County will see next, she says the Ride III Committee has been chosen and they will make that call.  (Source: WMBF News) As for projects Horry County will see next, she says the Ride III Committee has been chosen and they will make that call. (Source: WMBF News)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)- Despite wet weather, storms, and soil issues, the Backgate Project is still on schedule, and Horry County is starting to look to new prospect projects for referendum in 2016. 

Horry County Spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier did not learn of Tuesday night's cancellation until Wednesday morning, and was not sure if Wednesday and Thursday's rain dates would work either because showers can be so unpredictable. Bourcier explains all of this rain is adding to another existing problem, because more work is actually done underground than above ground. 

"What we're having now is the impact on the approaches and we need to wait until the settlement is finished before we can release and store those actual pours," Bourcier said.

The work being done during the intersection closures over night consists of getting the workers under the bridge and removing safety bracings. Bourcier explains if for any reason the workers cannot work because of weather, it will be the contractors' responsibility to finish the work by November. 

Bourcier imagines that would mean longer days for workers. The other big projects left with this wave of constructions are the 707 and Glenns Bay Road Widening Projects, and paving International Drive from Carolina Forest to Highway 90. 

As for projects Horry County will see next, she says the Ride III Committee has been chosen and they will make that call. 

"They will start looking at road projects - priorities," Bourcier said. "They will probably dust off the old document that was put together back in 2004 which still has very valid projects that are still needed today and look at other projects that will be added to that."

Bourcier explains there are projects on the last referendum that still hold high importance to the County, projects including Highway 17 widening in North Myrtle Beach and the intersection of Highway 378 and 501 in Conway.  Bourcier says the committee's decisions will be sent to the commission when members are elected, and they will put together a referendum for the people to vote on. 

Ride III Chairman Edgar Dyer says his main goal is for the voices of Horry County's people to be heard through the Ride Committee. 

Committee members also want to live up to the Ride Committee standards. 

Pat Keel an has been elected by County Council members to be on the Ride Committee. He has lived in Myrtle Beach for many years and is enthusiastic to join people from all over Horry County to make important future decisions. 

Keelan wants to live up to Ride Committee standards. 

"Ride I was good. Ride II was better. Why cant ride III be great?" he asked. 

One project Keelan strongly believes will be mentioned is South Strand Bridges, especially when discussing hurricane evacuation. 

He says the South Strand has two bridges to get people over the waterway while the North Strand has eight. 

Lisa Bourcier says they have received a lot of great feedback from this program and say it may be because the penny tax was successful and it may be something Horry County Ride III Committee members may suggest again. 

"I don't know if that's the answer. Nobody wants taxes, period," Bourcier explains. "But what are you going to do?"

The Ride III Committee will be having their first meeting on Thursday, August 14 at 4 p.m. 

Chairman Edgar Dyer says their first item of business will be developing a method to make a list and how to fairly prioritize that list. 

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