Carolina Forest turn lane project delayed a few months

Published: Apr. 8, 2012 at 3:08 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 30, 2012 at 1:09 PM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County engineers said the turn lane project along Carolina Forest Boulevard will be starting a few months later than originally planned. People are reacting differently to the delay.

Maria Morales said the turn lanes are a necessity, and she would like to see them put into place immediately. "Getting turn lanes in here is going to help a lot because this is a very busy place and that will alleviate a lot of the congestion."

Brenda Warren brings her grandchildren to the Horry County Recreation Center almost every day after school, and she said she sees the need for turn lanes. "We were at one of the Warrior games and there was an accident out there, and I think if we had had the turn lanes I don't think the accident would have happened."

Now that Horry County Engineers have pushed the project back to possibly starting this summer, people are reacting differently to the delay. Morales said, "There's tourist season too so you know, so what time of the year is good?"

Warren stated, "I think the summer is a better time. I really do, and postponing it because I wouldn't want them working when school buses were going back and forth."

Warren added that even though she will be bringing her grandkids to camp at the Rec Center this summer, she would prefer construction to be done then to be ready for the start of the school year.

Andrew Markunas with Horry County Engineering said one of the main reasons the project has been delayed is to keep from interfering with school traffic. But another reason is the heavy workload engineers are experiencing right now.

Morales said, "I think there is a lot of work going on around town. I mean, we would all love for 501 to be widened especially after that accident recently. But if 501 gets widened before this road, Ok, I'm fine with that."

Engineers said they are hoping to work on the turn lane plans and get things finalized by the end of spring so construction can start this summer and be finished by the start of next school year.

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