Highway 707 widening project begins

Permits to start the widening project on Highway 707 on the Grand Strand have been delayed for two years, but now the project is in the first stages of construction.

The project impacts 9.2 miles just south of Enterprise Road in Horry County to U.S. 17 in Georgetown County.

According to the South Carolina Department of Transportation, the budget for the project is between $85 and $95 million.

Funds for the Horry County portion come from its penny sales tax, while the portion for Georgetown County comes from the State Infrastructure Bank.

The two lane road will become a five lane road with a middle turn lane and sidewalks.

Nancy Wersick lives along Highway 707 and says with the many accidents she's seen on 707, she's excited to see the road become wider.

"It's going to make it easier for me to come in and out of my driveway that I come out of. I think it will ease congestion," said Wersick.

Stephen Huang who works in the area agrees with Wersick. He also says the wider road will help ease traffic, helping him get to work faster.

"I've been maybe 100 yards from the studio and stuck in traffic for 20 minutes," said Huang.

The project is expected to be completed in 2017.