HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Lanes reopened Thursday evening after crews installed a temporary patch after a small sinkhole was reported on the outside southbound lane of the U.S. 17 Bypass north of the Glenns Bay intersection.
By 6:35 p.m., a WMBF News crew on the scene reported that all southbound lanes were open.
It appears the sinkhole was caused by water seeping out of an abandoned main sewer line, according to county officials Lisa Bourcier. The S.C. Department of Transportation worked with Grand Strand Water and Sewer Authority to make a temporary fix and patch the road to get traffic moving Thursday evening.
A permanent repair will take place in a couple of weeks when the traffic is switched to the temporary exit ramps for the Glenns Bay Interchange project, Bourcier said.
On Thursday afternoon, a portion of the highway was blocked off while crews completed the temporary repair.
Travis Patrick, of SCDOT, said construction crews in the area noticed the sinkhole in the road and it was then closed off to drivers.
He said crews don't know if the leak from the sewer line is related at all to the construction going on at Glenns Bay. He said they also don't know how long the leak has been occurring.
The owner of Eggs Up Grill across from the U.S. 17 Bypass said the road closure coincided with lunchtime.
"It definitely had an impact on today's business and I'm not happy about it," Lou Skodras said.
However, he said the constant construction has been affecting business for a while.
"Every day I'm going down half a percent," he said. "It's hurting."
Skodras said he fears the interchange will cause potential customers to pass by without stopping in, but he's trying to stay hopeful.
"I'm not going to shut my doors," he said. "The plaza's not going to close down. It's going to be a good thing. It's going to be beautiful when it's done."