‘Get shovels in the ground:' Leaders, neighbors discuss future of Carolina Forest Blvd.

‘Get shovels in the ground’: Leaders, neighbors discuss future of Carolina Forest Blvd.

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Neighbors received updates Wednesday night on the future of Carolina Forest Boulevard.

Dozens showed up at the Carolina Forest Rec Center for a meeting about the plans for the widening project, which is part Horry County Ride III program.

Neighbors learned that changes can be expected along the Highway 501 Corridor, Postal Way and Middle Ridge Avenue Extension.

Carolina Forest Civic Association President Carole VanSickler said that people who live in the area are more than ready to have the project get underway.

“This is important to the residents of Carolina Forest. This is our tax monies that have been collected since May of ’17, and would like to see this widening get going, and get those shovels in the ground and get it done,” VanSickler said.

The plans are to begin construction around June 2019.

WMBF News is told the lane closures and intersection restrictions will happen overnight from seven at night to seven in the morning, but other construction will be done during the day.

The project is expected to cost around $26.8 million.

The contract is set for 700 days and if it goes beyond that, the contractor will have to pay $5,000 a day until it’s done.

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