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SCDOT works to close the median crossing at Lauderdale Boulevard and U.S. 17

Crews work to close the median crossing at Lauderdale Boulevard and U.S. 17. (Source: Lisa Gresci) Crews work to close the median crossing at Lauderdale Boulevard and U.S. 17. (Source: Lisa Gresci)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Crews with the South Carolina Department of Transportation worked Thursday to close the median crossing at Lauderdale Boulevard and U.S. 17.

Similar to what was seen just months ago at Shetland Lane, and U.S. 17, drivers will no longer be able to cut across U.S. 17 at this location. It didn't take drivers long to question what the crews were doing now.

“They had the barriers up, and he was like, they just stopped working on this road," said Betty Lawrence. "What are they doing now?”

Thursday, SCDOT crews began setting up rows of orange and white barriers on each side of U.S. 17 at Lauderdale Boulevard. It's something that could end what many drivers said they’ve grown accustomed to - being cut off.

“You get into a situation like coming here, where you have someone cut across from the left all the way to the right, right in front of us,” Lawrence said.

She and her husband have lived in the area for 37 years and see both sides, especially when thinking about those who live in Lauderdale Bay.

“Yeah, that live there, they constantly have to make the loop to get back up. It is a safety thing but I know we'd be complaining if we lived there,” Lawrence said.

Those residents will no longer have the option to cross over to the northbound lanes. Drivers will have to make the loop at Farrow Parkway.

Lawrence admitted she hasn't seen any accidents since the median at Shetland Lane was closed off. Though she wishes these closings were only a summer precaution, she understands these decisions are well thought out.

“I'm sure the Department of Transportation has done studies. I really am. Hopefully it will save lives,” she said.

SCDOT officials expect the roadwork to last a week, weather permitting.

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