HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Several major road construction projects underway on the Grand Strand and in Horry County have an impact on drivers. Some of these projects will only require detours or lane closures during the off-season, but others will affect drivers year-round until completed.
It doesn't take long to notice there are some big changes happening along Ocean Boulevard in North Myrtle Beach where crews are making serious headway on the latest ocean outfall project.
Work should be completed by this summer, but in the meantime, there's plenty of heavy machinery and construction blocking the streets..
"My church is up this way ,so I kinda go around that but that's okay, a little inconvenience for an environmental project is a good thing," said driver Dewain Hammond.
Another project underway in North Myrtle Beach has crews working to move utility lines underground on Highway 17 which is set to wrap up in fall or winter 2015.
Further south in Myrtle Beach, there is another ocean outfall project near 4th Avenue North that is expected to be finished in November. There is also the complete street construction on Ocean Boulevard near 2nd and 9th Avenues North.
On the South Strand, the Glenns Bay/Hwy 17 Bypass interchange project is in its early stages and early estimates have the widening project completed in about three years' time.
A little further inland construction cones line most of the nearly 10 mile stretch of Hwy707 set for widening. We are still two or three years away from seeing Hwy 707 turn into something more like Hwy 544.
Some business owners like Granit Tahiri, doubt they will be able to make it to the post construction era.
"I think that my solution is just to get out of here and go somewhere where traffic flows freely and we get more traffic," added Tahiri.
Other businesses are staying put and betting on the growth this area could see with a wider Hwy 707.
North Myrtle Beach is no stranger to ocean outfall projects. This is the fifth one for the city and it will cost about $9.5 million dollars.?