HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Work on the extension for S.C. 31 is expected to be complete this November, according to transportation officials.
“We anticipate having this job completed and open to traffic before Thanksgiving of this year,” said Leland Colvin, deputy secretary for engineering for the South Carolina Department of Transportation.
The $99.7 million dollar project was slated to finish back in 2017. Now, two years later, the road is still not complete.
Officials said hurricanes Matthew and Florence, as well as other weather-related issues, played a large part in the delays with completing the S.C. 31 extension to Highway 707.
The biggest delay, however, came from the discovery of cracks on the bridge crossing the Intracoastal Waterway.
SCDOT officials said premature cracking was found on a 150-foot span of the bridge, forcing crews to completely remove the entire deck - including the barrier walls - and build it back up.
“The main challenges on the project was the weather that we had the last four falls in a row, and then we have this remove and replace that we’re doing here behind us," said Colvin. "That’s being done at the contractor’s expense, but what’s been the major holdup for the project itself is this deck replacement.”
The contractor working on the extension project owes $5,000 per day for not finishing on time. Right now, that amounts to roughly $3.4 million.