Construction continues on the Highway 31 extension in Socastee, but a nearby road project is expected to take longer than originally thought.
County officials hoped Enterprise Road would be closed in August of 2014 but, we learned that closure continues to be delayed.
Horry County officials now say you may not see changes until 2016. “Originally the contractor set the close of the road in August of last year, and that has been postponed until late 2015 or early January 2016” says county spokesperson Lisa Bourcier.
Cleared trees and utility changes show progress; and portions along the project are beginning to take shape but, crews delayed the road closure because they still need to use Enterprise Road to get equipment to the job site.
The 3.8-Mile Highway 31 extension project includes seven brides over the intracoastal waterway and will connect the interchange at highway 544 to 707, but it needs to cross Enterprise Road to get there, “on the extension of 31 there is a bridge going over top of Enterprise Road,” according to Bourcier.
Osprey Marina is close to the construction, and Dockmaster Miles Worrell was surprised to hear about the delay, “I hadn’t heard about it, but I think its good timing, although I’d like to already have it done by now,” says Worrell.
He says he doesn’t believe the closure will have a great impact on his business beyond, “…Maybe a little inconvenience.”
Kathleen Furtell, on the other hand, says she’s dreading the coming closure.
The owner of the Waccatee Zoo says back in 2011, the business took a hit when Enterprise Road closed for about 6 months, “it was a great affect then and I know 9 months, is all the way through the summer and spring, it’s almost disastrous. We didn’t know what to expect.”
But, with time now on her side, Furtell is optimistic about the future, “I think it’s just great. That gives us another year to be prepared.”
Horry County officials say this delay will not affect the end date for the Highway 31 extension; the more than $200 million project is expected to be completed in 2017.