Carolina Forest drivers question progress with road construction

Three turn lanes will be added to Carolina Forest Boulevard at the Southgate Subdivision, Avalon and the Horry County Recreation Center entrances. | Source: Jenna DeAngelis
Three turn lanes will be added to Carolina Forest Boulevard at the Southgate Subdivision, Avalon and the Horry County Recreation Center entrances. | Source: Jenna DeAngelis

CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) - A concern for people who live in the area is the progress of the construction project on Carolina Forest Boulevard. You can see dirt and cones, but crews are not in sight.

"All of the sudden it seems to be kind of halted and no one seems to know what's going on," said Debbie Poat who lives in the area.

Spokesperson Lisa Bourcier said the contractor has 120 days to add three turn lanes to Carolina Forest Boulevard. They will be at the Southgate Subdivision, Avalon and the Horry County Recreation Center entrances.

The reason why you don't see workers out every day, is because, they don't have to be. County leaders say, contractors come up with their own schedule to meet the November deadline. The $1.1 million project began in July and we're more than halfway to that deadline.  As of now, none of the turn lanes are done, but Bourcier says the project is on time.

Carolina Forest Boulevard is one of the busiest roads in our area and as the area continues to grow, so does concern for congestion. Neighbors in the area say they love seeing growth, like the new church being built, but with all these new additions to the area, how will just two lanes on Carolina Forest Boulevard handle increased traffic?

WMBF News spoke to neighbors who say the solution is widening the road with more lanes and adding more traffic lights. These are all things the Carolina Forest Civic Association would like to see, as well.

Dennis DiSabato with the group said, he hopes the road is high on the priority list for the projects added to the Ride III Penny Sales tax, but at the end of the day, the organization cannot control county decisions.

It could be two years before Ride III road projects are decided. Local drivers want to see Carolina Forest Boulevard Improvements added to the ballot because it's not just about convenience, it's about safety.

"People coming home, people going to work, there's accidents about to happen, especially if you're turning opposite directions, it's just out of control," said DeLuca.

The Carolina Forest Civic Association is scheduled to meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Ride III Committee will hold its second meeting on Thursday.

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