Drivers want repairs to Robert Edge Parkway

Published: Apr. 13, 2012 at 2:44 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 30, 2012 at 1:09 PM EDT
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The DOT is considering the road safe to drive on because of the signage warning people to slow...
The DOT is considering the road safe to drive on because of the signage warning people to slow down.

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Drivers along Robert Edge Parkway in North Myrtle Beach want answers as to the cause of a dip in the road that is causing major concerns. Damage to the road was first noticed at the beginning of March, and no repairs have been made yet.

South Carolina Department of Transportation officials have been monitoring the dip and trying to find a cause. James Lennon drives Robert Edge Parkway every day, and he is surprised to find something wrong with such a newly constructed road.

"It was pretty startling driving over it without knowing it was going to be there the first time. The second day there was a sign there," Lennon recalls. "Our main curiosity is what are they going to do to fix it other than just leaving a sign there for a month or two months."

Department of Transportation officials do not have a timeline for when the road could be repaired. They also do not have a cause for what happened to the road. The lack of information has many upset.

Ron Shingler said, "Until it becomes a higher priority it's not going to be fixed. Unfortunately that may require an accident. If someone is injured or killed I'm sure it would move up the priority list."

But the DOT said they are doing what they can and recently conducted a soil analysis to help diagnose the problem. The study showed nothing out of the ordinary. Now they are waiting to see if the road settles even more.

Darrell Collins stated, "My biggest concern is how the condition will be next week, the following week. I'm worried about the road breaking up eventually." Collins, along with many others, are worried about more traffic traveling on the road during the summer.

Lennon adds that unaware drivers may be in danger if the road is not repaired soon.

"People who haven't been on the road before. Like I said, maybe in ideal conditions it's not that big of a deal, but if it's wet that could really cause a problem...an accident," Lennon predicts.

The DOT is considering the road safe to drive on because of the signage warning people to slow down. Officials said the dip has not worsened over the past few weeks. They are waiting to figure out what caused the dip before they make permanent repairs, but temporary repairs could be an option.

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