Conway leaders seeking legal counsel over state's building of man-made barriers on U.S. 501

Source: SCDOT
Source: SCDOT

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – The city of Conway approved a motion during a meeting Sunday afternoon to secure legal counsel to file an injunction against the S.C. Department of Transportation, Horry County and the state to stop the building of man-made barriers on U.S. 501.

Conway city leaders are concerned the barriers could cause additional flooding within the city and they want the barriers to be prohibited until it is shown that additional flooding won't take place.

Leaders anticipate more than 940 homes will flood without the barrier.

Earlier during the weekend, both lanes of Highway 501 northbound into Conway were closed until further notice due to a flood prevention project by the South Carolina Department of Transportation. Northbound traffic is being diverted to Highway 501 business. In addition, southbound traffic is limited to one lane over the bridge.

SCDOT and its Team South Carolina partners will work on two locations of U.S. 378 in the Pee Dee on Sunday:

  • U.S. 378 at Lynches River, about two miles east of Lake City.
  • U.S. 378 interchange at the US 501 Bypass in Conway.

According to a news release from SCDOT, motorists that need to travel northbound are encouraged to use S.C. 31 to S.C. 22 to continue on Highway 501 north. Highway 501 Business is not an approved truck route, therefore trucks must use S.C. 31 to S.C. 22 as well.

According to an online posting from the city of Myrtle Beach, the SCDOT has cleared all roads of trees and debris in the counties affected by the storm except for a few locations involving downed power lines. However, SCDOT urges drivers to continue to use extreme caution on the roads and obey the reduced speed limits when driving through work zones, particularly at these work sites on US 378.

SCDOT and Team members continue to analyze actual rainfall data in the following areas:

• US 701 - At the convergence of the Little Pee Dee and Great Pee Dee Rivers.
• US 17 at the bridge in Downtown Georgetown.
• The analysis of a number of locations on I-95 continues.

SCDOT urges all motorists to drive with extreme caution during and after Florence.

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