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Repavement construction to begin soon on U.S. 17 overpass at backgate

Work will begin soon to repave a bump in the backgate overpass. (Source: WMBF News) Work will begin soon to repave a bump in the backgate overpass. (Source: WMBF News)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Officials with the South Carolina Department of Transportation said they will begin work to repave the U.S. 17 backgate overpass near the S.C. 707 exit in the next two weeks.

They are waiting on the repavement of U.S.501 to be completed, and for the pavement trucks from the district office in Florence to arrive. The work will take place on the southbound side of the U.S. 17 overpass, right after the S.C. 707 exit.

Right before the bridge, there is a large bump that has become bigger and bigger over the years.

Ricky Hughes, SCDOT engineering assistant, said it's natural for pavement near bridges to dip and create a bump.

He added this is because after the bridge is built, the pavement around it settles, but the bridge itself does not.

Now, SCDOT has a plan to fix the bump near the backgate bridge. Repavement will begin over the next two weeks, and some businesses in the area say they are really looking forward to it.

Margot Tennant, office manager at America's Furniture Warehouse, said nearly all her customers use the highway to get to the store.

Tennant herself drives over the bridge every day on her way home from work, and said it's obvious where the bump is.

Furthermore, the delivery trucks often have to drive over that bump, even when they are transporting fragile furniture.

"We'd certainly love that. Make for a smoother delivery process, smoother road for our customers. Damaged goods would be a risk, save us money," Tennant said.

SCDOT officials said the project will be funded by state and federal money and is not part of any of the RIDE pacts.

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