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Weather pushes back completion date for highly-anticipated Carolina Forest widening project

Updated: Mar. 29, 2021 at 7:34 PM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – The expected completion date for the highly-anticipated Carolina Forest Boulevard widening project has been pushed back.

Originally slated to be finished in May, the projected completion date has been delayed to July 5, according to RIDE III project manager Jason Thompson.

The delay is due to inclement weather days that were included in the original contract for the project, Thompson said.

He added crews still need to finish additional drainage, surfacing and pathway work.

As the Carolina Forest area continues to grow, drivers are looking forward to the extra lanes.

“This community is huge,” Michael Dutcher said. “It’s a growing community and having the improved infrastructure and the widened road is going to be really fantastic.”

Other drivers like Anthony Tavella believe the project will make the area safer.

“I think it’ll help people be able to pull out of the communities in a safer way, because I’ve noticed even before they started working, people would kind of like speed out of the community kind of in a rush,” Tavella said.

Despite the delay, the project is 80% completed, Horry County spokesperson Kelly Moore said.

The speed limit on the roadway is currently 35 miles per hour but will revert to its previous posting of 45 miles per hour once work is finished.

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