SC DOT investigating dip in Robert Edge Parkway

Published: Mar. 5, 2012 at 10:05 PM EST|Updated: Apr. 30, 2012 at 1:10 PM EDT
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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Drivers along Robert Edge Parkway are wondering what caused a dip in the road over the past couple of days. Now the South Carolina Department of Transportation is trying to figure out what caused the damage.

Officials with the agency said they do not know what caused the dip in the road. Officials said they are going back to the original plans when the road was built a couple of years ago to figure to if there was a preexisting condition that was not known at the time.

But in the meantime, they put up signs trying to warn people to slow down and expect a bump. Homeowners who live around the area said they were alarmed to find their daily commute damaged just over the weekend.

Some are worried heavy trucks along with heavy traffic could make the dip worse. Fran Tufaro said she drives Robert Edge Parkway almost every day. Tufaro said, "On Saturday I came home from grocery shopping, and I don't remember any dip in the road and then all of a sudden this morning you could see all the cars dipping."

Tufaro added, "For such a big dip to appear...what happens if we get another heavy rainstorm?" It is not clear if this weekend's wet weather had anything to do with this road problem near a stoplight heading west on the parkway toward Highway 90.

Many drivers said they want answers about what happened to the road. Linda Pearce said, "Amazed. It's a new road and to find it in that bad shape within a twenty four hour period has me wondering what is wrong with the road...is it starting a sinkhole? Is sand washing away from the road construction...what is going wrong with it?"

Some are worried about safety because the Parkway is a highly traveled cut through. Tufaro said, "A lot of times people have a tendency to hit the brakes, and it could cause the possibility of a vehicle rolling...a truck or a vehicle."

Some said they just want to see the road fixed. Pearce said, "I would like to see it repaired as soon as possible, but I would like to know what's causing it."

SC DOT officials said they plan to repair the road after they figure out what caused the dip. Right now there is no word on when that work will start.

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