Businesses, residents say Back Gate construction is noisy

The massive interchange at the Back Gate off Highway 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach has started to show more and more signs of progress, however, it has come at price for some residents and business owners who live nearby.

It's noisy.

For five years, Robyn Wilson has worked for This Is It Unisex, a hair and barber shop in Myrtle Beach.

She has watched the interchange project evolve and grow over the past four years.

She said the construction work has recently gotten louder since the steel girders were installed in December.

"Since they started with the bridgeâ?¦It has really been noisy," Wilson said.

It's not just businesses that have heard more noise coming from the site. Some residents have, too.

Some residents who live at an apartment complex that faces the interchange project said he has heard noise from some of the machines out there.

Mike Lepore is one of them.

For Lepore, he only hears the noise when he walks his dog outside or gets the mail. His apartment is far enough away from the construction site to not be able to hear it.

On the other hand, Taylor Rawlins said she can hear the construction while she is trying to get some work done inside the comfort of her own place.

"I can often hear it when I'm like working from home at my desk or sitting at my couch doing computer work," Rawlins said.

Ultimately, some people have learned how to block out the continuous noise.

Wilson said they crank up the television inside their shop.

WPDE NewsChannel 15 mentioned the noises coming from the construction site to Horry County Spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier.

In a statement, she said, "Large road projects like this, certainly comes with some pain and inconveniences, but in the end we will have a great project that all taxpayers can be proud of.

The project is still expected to be finished this August."