CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – After a long legal battle, Horry County has started work on International Drive Lisa Bourcier of Horry County Government announced Monday.
Bourcier says crews are currently working to remove trees and vegetation along the corridor in order to make the road passable for construction vehicles.
Horry County will begin the contracting process with the construction and paving company next, and should publicize the agreement in early October.
County officials say that once the contract is awarded, the paving is expected to take between eight months and a year, but the end date will not be known until the contract is finalized.
“Now that the judge ruled in favor of SC DHEC Sec 401 (water quality) permit, this allowed the US Army Corps to issue their Sec 404 (wetland fill) permit to us on July 22, 2016. We now have all the permits in our possession that allows us to begin construction on this road. There is the potential that a federal court action could be filed to stop us from paving the road, but again we are willing to take that risk. We have the money in the bank and all the required permits for this project, and we are going to get this road built,” Horry County Chairman Mark Lazarus said.