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Locals frustrated with Hillside Drive construction delays

The goal of the project was to fix the drainage problem on the side of the road so it no longer flooded during rain.  (Source: Conor McCue) The goal of the project was to fix the drainage problem on the side of the road so it no longer flooded during rain. (Source: Conor McCue)
The city also wanted to fix the curve on the road so golf carts can drive more safely. (Source: Conor McCue) The city also wanted to fix the curve on the road so golf carts can drive more safely. (Source: Conor McCue)

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Cones and caution tape still surround Hillside Drive in North Myrtle Beach. The multimillion dollar road construction project started early in 2014 and was originally set to be done in May.

After a summer full of rain, that is not the case.

"It doesn't take a genius to look at it, it looks pretty bad," said Joe Hugues, a long time condo owner along the road.

Hugues said this whole project has been a mess from the start. Despite public notice from the city, he said he didn't even know about the construction until he came back to check on his property in the winter.

He even had to refund one of his renters because of the problems the construction created.

"I automatically refunded it because I felt I would have wanted that for myself," he said.

Now, the continued delays have cost him more than $2,000 this year. Money he will never get back.

"Everybody else that we had already booked, we notified them of the situation and let them back out on some of the rentals and there were three people that backed out," said Hugues.

The goal of the project was to fix the drainage problem on the side of the road so it no longer flooded during rain. The city also wanted to fix the curve on the road so golf carts can drive more safely.

"The curve looks exactly the same to me today as it did in the past!" said Hugues. "I don't think it's going to make any difference."

Hugues said he and other residents are eager for the road to be done so things can finally go back to normal. In the meantime, he said he's still wondering why it was even needed in the first place.

"It looked just fine before, as a matter of fact it looked better before than it does now," he said.

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