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Kings River Road: Drainage work will force detours for two weeks

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

Residents who rely on Kings River Road to avoid traffic on Highway 17 through the Pawleys Island area will have to change their plans April 1. The road will be closed for two weeks while a culvert is installed just north of the main entrance to Heritage Plantation.

Plans are to reopen the road on April 12, but that will hinge on weather conditions and other construction constraints during the project period, said David Gantt, capital projects manager for Georgetown County. The start date for the project was chosen to coincide with spring break at Waccamaw schools in an effort to minimize the impact of the closure.

The work is part of a $1.14 million drainage project that covers 840 acres in the Hagley area.

Once work is completed on Kings River Road, Beaumont Drive, which runs between Highway 17 and Kings River, will be closed while piping is installed. That work is expected to take a week.

Another phase of the project will close roads within Hagley this summer.

Kings River Road will be closed to through traffic from Hagley Dive to Waverly Road. Vehicles will be directed to Highway 17 at Hagley and at Waverly Road.

That section of Kings River handles an average of 4,300 vehicle trips a day, according to Chris Clark, a transportation planner at Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments.

“On some days it would be higher than that,” he said.

The road definitely serves as an alternative to Highway 17 for traffic, he said.

“I don’t think it will be much of a problem for anybody,” said Tom Stickler, president of the Hagley Estates Homeowners Association.

Midway Fire and Rescue, which has a station on Beaumont Drive, started planning for the closure two weeks ago, said Bob Beebe, the department spokesman.

A fire call along Kings River would still get a response from units at Beaumont and Willbrook. “All drivers and chiefs have a plan,” he said.

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