A long road for Red Bluff Road bridge construction

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - When it comes to traffic, construction is an extra headache, and one area in Horry County is not going to get relief any time soon.

It's been about seven months since you've been able to drive across Red Bluff Road, and you can expect the roadwork to continue a little longer than planned.

For drivers in the area, it's been a long time coming. It's the route they rely on to get from Highway 905 to Highway 90.

"To get to the beach, to get to shopping, to Walmart, taking Red bluff Road all the way straight down to [Highway] 90 is a straight shot for all of us that live in the Longs and Loris Community," said Patricia Kelliher, who drives through the area every day.

Since the beginning of the year, SCDOT has been working on replacing five bridges on the road. As of now, one bridge is complete, work is almost done on bridges two and three, and crews will then move to the final two.

The construction engineer on the project told me they had to completely stop work for about a month because of concerns over the rising of the Waccamaw River.

This project price tag is coming in under $4 million dollars, but the payoff is a much safer road for drivers.

In the meantime, Highway 22 remains the best detour, which may add time to your drive.

"It's adding 10, 15 sometimes 20 minutes sometimes onto peoples ride, their commute to work, to pick up their children, from school, its very inconvenient," said Kelliher.

As for when you'll be able to drive through the area, the road should be open to traffic mid-November, according to SCDOT.

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