A busy road in Conway set for improvements in the spring

Conway road set for improvements

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A busy road in Conway has left many people concerned about its deteriorating conditions.

It’s now set for a reclamation project this year.

With the temporary closure of Main Street Bridge, this road is one of the few ways to get to U.S. 501 from S.C. 701/Main Street, which adds to the traffic along Cultra Road. Officials with the South Carolina Department of Transportation said by the time Halloween comes around this year, the nearly 2.6-mile stretch of road will be completely new and repaved.

"There’s a machine that comes through and kind of grinds up the existing pavement and combines it with cement, and so it makes the base for the new asphalt that goes on top. So it makes a really strong base and then we would pave over the top over that, and so it’s a completely new road when we’re done,” said Anna Barnhill, resident construction engineer for SCDOT.

Barnhill said new, two-foot-wide shoulders will also be added for safety.

“All of our resurfacing projects, we’re adding that two-feet, you know roads like Cultra Road, the edge of the pavement, that white line is literally right there at the edge of the pavement. So when we resurface projects now, we’re trying to add a two-foot shoulder, pavement shoulder on either side. So on the white line now, when we finish with Cultra Road, you’ll have the white line and then one-and-a-half to two feet of asphalt outside of it. You know it just makes for safer situations,” said Barnhill.

Due to weather restrictions and the road being used as an alternate route right now with the Main Street Bridge closure, Barnhill said crews are expected to begin construction this spring shortly before or after the bridge opens back up.

“It is basically the same type of closures and that type of thing as a resurfacing project. It’s just that sometimes the reclamation process is a little bit slower, whereas you know when we do a resurfacing project we might complete and there’s kind of an extra step," Barnhill said.

Many people who live along Cultra Road said the road is a concern for them every day. Dorothy Dietrich lives in the Tiger Grand neighborhood and said she oftentimes sees people driving into oncoming traffic to avoid all the potholes and patches along the road.

She said she looks forward to this project and despite the road closures, it will all be worth it in the end.

“We’ve lived in this lovely neighborhood for 12 years, and this is the first time that I’ve really seen all these potholes and I think it’s due because of the rain, and they have repaired them, but then we’ve had more rain. And the traffic is just so busy here all the time, it’s hard to get out of the subdivision, no matter what time of the day it is,” Dietrich said.

SCDOT officials said this road has made the top of the list for complaints in their recent Pothole Blitz. Officials said they will continue to maintain and patch Cultra Road until the project begins sometime this spring.

To report any pothole issues in your area, call SCDOT at (855) GO-SCDOT (855-467-2368).

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