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Local drivers feel third turning lane on 501 may be causing accidents

Scene of an accident on Highway 501 at Gardner Lacy Road Monday. Scene of an accident on Highway 501 at Gardner Lacy Road Monday.
Scene of an accident on Highway 501 at Gardner Lacy Road Monday. Scene of an accident on Highway 501 at Gardner Lacy Road Monday.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Weekly accidents in the same spot have some drivers thinking the turn lane may be to blame. On Monday afternoon, an accident on Highway 501 near Gardner Lacy Road caused a significant traffic back-up, and it's not the first time.

"The third lane, yeah that's the problem, it's there and then it's not there," Dave Wreski said. "It's there for a purpose, but it's not there for a third lane."

The third lane only lasts for about two miles and ends just before Gardner Lacy Road. Wreski explains the lane is meant to make turns into various businesses easier. 

"It's kind of a catch-22; it's there to allow people to turn, and then it stops, and then where do they go, there's no place to go," Wreski explained. 

Though there is signage indicating the lane is about to end, Wreski believes more signs should be placed well before the lane end, as well as more merging arrows on the actual road. 

"But the people that live here know, you know in advance, but not the people who are driving through or the people who are visiting," Wreski said.

Wreski says the one thing he's noticed about 501 traffic is just how many drivers just don't know how to drive it. 

"They think they can pass it, the stopped lane, and then they have no place to go, but to turn into the traffic, and then some people let them in, some people don't," Wreski said. 

Wreski says because so many people from all over travel 501, he believes tourists should learn the details about 501 before they drive on it.

WMBF News reached out to SCDOT about the possibility of more signage. We have not received a response yet. 

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