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SCDOT: 3rd Avenue South construction project in final stage

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Many drivers have grown frustrated with the construction on 3rd Ave. South in Myrtle Beach - a project that was originally set to finish in July, then pushed to November. Now SCDOT is saying it should be around March before the project is completed.

SCDOT officials said the main focus of the 3rd Ave South project is extending the culvert that runs under 3rd Ave at Withers Swash. They are also finishing up the utilities relocation part of the work and some curb and gutter work.

“There is a light at the end of the tunnel, this project has gone on around a time where we’ve had three or four winter storms, we’ve had the 1,000-year rain event, and there was also some unexpected utility items that were unexpected,” said Anna Levy, SCDOT Resident Construction Engineer.

The very last stage of the project is to complete the asphalt and roadwork. SCDOT has asphalt restrictions. They can’t complete the final surfacing of the asphalt if the weather is too cold. However they can do some asphalt work, but it can’t be completely finished until the weather warms up. Levy said that we should see everything else wrap up in November, December – and then they’ll be a break. After the break construction will resume around March and do the final surfacing and the final buttoning up of the project.

“Now we’re getting to the more visible part of the project,” said Levy. “So there is a light at the end of the tunnel. And it’s going to start to get more completed looking as we go through the next couple of months.”

So much of the work that went on in the last year are things the general public can’t really see. But Levy said we’ve gotten past that, the drainage work and the utilities are just about finished.

Some businesses are thankful for the road widening, but said it’s affecting their business.

Salvador Gutierrez works at the Custom Care Upholster and Tint on 3rd Ave., said a lot of their business is moving cars in and out – something that is hard to do because he says sometimes the driveways are blocked.

“In a way we are not against the progress, but it’s affecting the business,” said Gutierrez. “So I hope they will speed up the process to move forward and this way we’ll have the roads in neat conditions.”

Gutierrez says he wants the construction clear for customers.

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