Carolina Forest Boulevard widening project continues

Grand Strand

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) – Road construction in a busy part of the county is moving forward, including an estimated $55 million dollar widening project.

Waiting to turn across two lanes of traffic is a common problem on Carolina Forest Boulevard that’s made even worse by construction.

“It’s nearly impossible to get out of our neighborhood, so I’m hoping when they open this road up, that it just gives us an easier chance to get out of here,” said Jade McCurry, who lives in Covington Lake East.

Traffic heading towards U.S. Highway 501 switched to a new lane Sunday, as Southern Asphalt crews create more medians. The westbound travel lane will be relocated to the outermost lane of the new section of the roadway.

There is also a lower speed limit from the Spring Lake subdivision to River Oaks Drive. The new speed limit is 35 mph until the project is complete.

A multi-use path along the northern side of the boulevard is still being worked on. The county says it will remain closed during construction.

There will now be paths on both sides of the boulevard, as plans for a southern path are almost finished.

“We will be meeting with BOAs, HOAs here shortly,” said RIDE III program manager Jason Thompson at the Oct. 6 county council meeting. “We’re going to need some easements, some permissions, to place the path slightly outside of the right-of-way.”

The Carolina Forest Boulevard widening is only the second major project where work has been done in the RIDE III program. The Palmetto Pointe Boulevard extension opened last November in Socastee.

The county says weather delays have pushed back when Carolina Forest Boulevard will be complete, from May to June of next year.

“I hope that traffic flows better, it’s easier to get out and we’re not dead stopped every 20 seconds,” McCurry said.

Another road project in Carolina Forest is close to starting. The county says plans for the Postal Way extension are 95 percent done.

Construction bids for that project could be accepted early next year.

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