Backgate sees fewer accidents after opening

Backgate sees fewer accidents after opening

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Since construction has slowed down and the traffic pattern changed at the backgate, crashes have declined slightly, according to officials.

There were two accidents in November after the backgate made its debut, according to the South Carolina Office of Highway Safety. The month of May saw the most collisions for the year. There were six accidents that month.

In 2014, there were a total of 39 collisions at U-S 17 and Highway 707 and U-S 17 and Farrow Parkway compared to 30 accidents in the same area in 2011 before construction began.

The backgate is getting mixed reviews by the people who have been using it since it debuted.

"People on a daily occurrence have no idea if they turn left, right, straight," said Will Renke, owner of Sky Fitness 24/7. "Arrows are in all different ways. It's definitely chaotic. And a lot of my gym members, a lot of people in this immediate area are feeling the effect of that."

Others have found the transition to be smooth.

"I haven't really experienced accidents in this particular intersection," said Jamin' Jamie Keats, owner of Jamin' Leather. "With the new roads and the new lines and the new pavement, it's getting much, much better."

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