HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Some drivers on Highway 57 in Horry County will have to find another route.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation said Highway 57 between Highway 111 and Worthams Cutoff Road has been closed due to structural issues found on a culvert crossing Bellamy Branch.
Sally Watson said she first noticed the road was closed around 2 p.m. Friday. She said the signs that were put up were not in the best location, causing some confusion on what road was actually closed.
“When they got down here, they had to turn around at the church so they opened up the road closed sign and drove right through,” Watson said.
SCDOT crew members moved the signs where it will block off the north and southbound lanes urging drivers to take the detour route instead of driving the closed portion of the road. Watson said this portion of the road is extremely busy and this will affect a lot of drivers.
“We call it the Little River Bypass," Watson said. "When we moved in, 31 wasn’t open yet but once that opened people going through Little River with all of the traffic lights decided this was a faster drive, which it is.”
Though an exact date for the completion of the road work is not yet set, SCDOT crews told Watson it would be around three and four weeks.
“The bridge is compromised, it probably has a lot to do with the hurricane and the flooding water that has been going under there,” Watson said.
The SCDOT apologizes for the inconvenience and appreciates the public’s patience.