HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Drivers, businesses and people who live on Enterprise Road are forced to deal with a road closure for months, but it's all in place to eventually make for an easier commute.
Enterprise Road is shut down between SC-707 and Bay Road, from Hunter's Horn Lane to Butler Road.
Crews are building a bridge as part of the Highway 31 Expansion Project, which will eventually expand the road from its current ending point at Highway 544 further to Highway 707 in the Burgess community.
The Enterprise Road closure has been in effect for more than two weeks, and we still have nearly nine months to ride the road work out.
Detours and electronic message boards are set up in the area, but people who live along the road like Janice Fowler say all the roadwork concentrated in this area has become confusing and frustrating to drivers.
"They're bumper to bumper and it takes an additional half hour to get to where they want to go," Fowler said. "They gotta go all the way around their thumb to get to their elbow."
That's because in order to get from one side of Enterprise Road, to the other, drivers have to enter from either Bay Road or Highway 707, which is the same for those trying to get to a business on either side of the construction, like the Waccatee Zoo.
The Futrell family, which owns this zoo, is choosing to stay positive about the current roadblocks.
"We're still here, it's a little trouble to get to us but we're still here," Jeff Futrell said. "We're holding our own, we haven't closed up yet and we're still hoping for the best."
Futrell said he's grateful for the construction workers for offering up signs to direct drivers to the zoo. He's also glad the county chose to do the bulk of the work now.
"They'll be done before the main part of the summer, instead of taking up the whole summer," he said. "That will help everybody concerned."
The Enterprise Road closures are set to last until June 2016. The Highway 31 Extension Project is on its $190-million-dollar budget and on time, set to be finished the summer of 2017, according to Lisa Bourcier with Horry County.
According to Horry County School district, since they knew this roadwork was coming, bus routes were set before the school year started, making a smooth commute to school.