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Murrells Inlet: Crosswalks for Business 17 are in the works

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

A work order went out Wednesday for crosswalks at four places on Business 17 and new striping along the bike lanes in Murrells Inlet. The improvements have been a goal of residents and the Murrells Inlet 2020 revitalization group for several years.

The project got an encroachment permit from the state Department of Transportation last summer. DOT said it would be faster if Georgetown County did the work, said Kyle Prufer, the county’s purchasing director.

The County Transportation Committee approved $50,000 for the project. It will put the 9.5-foot-wide crosswalks at four entrances to the Marsh Walk.

But the bid for the project from Coastal Asphalt came back at $57,000. Murrells Inlet 2020 agreed to pay the difference and County Council approved the revised work order this week as part of a larger contract with the paving company.

County Council this week also approved a resolution supporting an application by DOT for an $80,000 grant to continue operating passenger ferry service to Sandy Island.

The Federal Transit Administration grants must be renewed every year, Administrator Sel Hemingway said.

The grant will fund additional trips by the state-owned school boat to serve island residents. It estimates 5,000 annual trips.

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