CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - A major road heading in and out of downtown Conway is now closed for the next few months, according to South Carolina Department of Transportation.
SCDOT crews will rolled out all the equipment and closed off the Main Street Memorial Bridge so construction can begin Monday around 3:20 p.m. It is anticipated to go until the end of March.
This means drivers can expect some detours for the next few months.
On the Conway side of the bridge, drivers can drive as far up as Kingston Street. On the Myrtle Beach side, you can drive up to Highway 90.
The only areas where people will not be allowed will be the areas between the barricades at the beginning and end of the Main Street Bridge on U.S. 501 Business.
This will require drivers to use the U.S. 501 bypass for the next few months.
Boat traffic will not be affected by construction, but Stacey Johnson, the SCDOT project manager, said for safety, it’s best for drivers to stay away from the bridge while work is taking place.
Johnson said crews will remove about one-and-a-half inches of the road’s surface with high-powered water jets and replace it with a new latex surface. The curbs, the railing and the sidewalks will also get a facelift.
Once the bridge work is complete by the end of March, crews will start repair work under the bridge.
“It will benefit the community, of course. You have a new bridge deck surface; it adds life to the bridge, another 15 to 20 years. So, you know, once we’re done within three months of some inconvenience, we’ll have 15 to 20 years hopefully of nothing major that we’ll have to do to that bridge. So I think that’s a huge benefit,” said Johnson.
The whole project is expected to be complete by the end of June, weather permitting. The city will also add the light poles back onto the bridge once the work is complete.