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Carolina Forest Road Summit to get drivers up to speed with road projects

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CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) - Traveling on US-501 to Carolina Forest Boulevard can get hectic, so community leaders are pushing for change.

The Carolina Forest Civic Association is hosting the Carolina Forest Road Summit to figure out how we can improve area roads. The organization wants to open up a dialogue with the community, county leaders and those involved with Ride III, so representatives from all parties have been invited to the meeting.

Leaders with the Carolina Forest Civic Association say there are infrastructure issues along Carolina Forest Blvd, River Oaks Drive and International Drive, as well as additional traffic coming into nearby developments, all which need to be discussed and addressed.

Carole VanSickler, the Association’s President says, this summit is a chance to talk to county leaders about the expansion of roads, especially, Carolina Forest Boulevard.

“The infrastructure needs of Carolina Forest have been previously overlooked in the former Ride programs,” VanSickler said. “Now's the time to address these infrastructure needs from not only a public safety standpoint but as a growing point for the future of Carolina Forest.”

The main concern, is what it will be like down the road if changes aren't made.

“It will actually become a nightmare, and a hazard for the residents,” VanSickler said. 

Her worry is when it comes to the growth in the area, with new schools and businesses being added.

From a public safety standpoint, Civic Association leaders feel when an accident or emergency happens, the road as it stands, is difficult for rescue crews to maneuver.

A main goal is to get the widening of Carolina Forest Boulevard, with stoplights, on the final Ride III project list. While Carolina Forest Boulevard is on the recommended list for projects from the Ride III Advisory Committee, VanSickler feels it should make it on the ballot, since it was overlooked in the past.

“Ride III also needs the support of Carolina Forest to make it happen and we want to be there but we want our needs heard, our infrastructure needs responded to, and given a priority,” she said.

The Summit will start Wednesday night at 6 p.m., at the Carolina Forest Recreation Center and is open to everyone. You do have to pre-submit questions via email: BOD@cf-ca.org.

Getting up to speed on Ride III

Part of the Road Summit is for you to get a chance to hear about the recommendations that Ride III representatives made, first-hand.

According to Horry County leaders, in total there are 13 projects on the recommended list.

Along with paving dirt roads, and resurfacing others, some of the recommended projects include: An extension of Palmetto Pointe Boulevard, a new road in Conway connecting US-378 to Highway 701, the widening of Forestbrook Road, Highway 501 improvements, and the widening of Carolina Forest Boulevard.

The Carolina Forest Civic Association wants a representative from their area to be chosen for the six-person tax commission committee to decide the projects moving forward.

Once that panel of people is voted on, they will have a better idea of what makes it on the ballot, which you will vote on, next fall.

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