MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The end is in sight for the construction at the Backgate.
If you've driven through the Backgate, you may have noticed several of beams in place; when you wake up tomorrow, you'll see even more changes, something merchants and drivers have been anticipating.
Signs have been sitting along US-17 Bypass for a few days now. The inspector on the project told WMBF News, three to four of them will be up in the Southbound lanes of Highway 17, Thursday night. In total there will be 10 structures along the surrounding roads, with overhead signage to direct traffic. A sign, the end, is near for Backgate roadwork and congestion.
Some local business owners, say the construction is helping things move along, like America's Furniture warehouse, which has only been open about two months.
"Its definitely the 5 o'clock traffic every day, it does back up and it produces business for us, said America's Furniture Warehouse employee Brandon Weinberg. "Believe it or not some people I guess get tired of sitting in the traffic and pull into the store."
While traffic can help, he also understands how the traffic can hurt.
"Unfortunately a lot of people don't also want to get out of their house and drive out here and sit in the traffic to come to our store," he said.
Horry County Spokesperson Lisa Bourcier says there should only be one more big intersection closure before the end of the project. This will be to finish painting underneath the bridge.
As far as a completion date, everything is moving on time. Bourcier said the bridge should open to traffic mid-October, and we should see substantial completion at the end of November.