Residents eager to see end of Folly Beach bridge construction

Published: Dec. 11, 2014 at 9:44 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 11, 2014 at 11:47 PM EST
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FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Winter is often described as "construction season" in many cities across the country and it seems that Charleston is no exception.

For two years the sounds of construction have been a constant in Folly Beach, and for some, it seems never ending.

"Well they've been doing the construction that's been going on for a while and we get a lot of traffic out here for holidays and events," said Kelly Tillman, a Folly Beach resident."It already gets backed up. I think with all of it going on you have to be extra safe because they're working on it and it's taking just a little bit longer than I think everybody thought it would."

The replacement of two Folly Beach bridges that span Folly River and Folly Creek are nearing completion.

Those that live and work in Folly are eager for the project to end, soon they will get their wish.

Folly Beach Mayor Tim Goodwin says that the project has stayed on schedule and he expects it to be completed by next summer.

"Of course you always hope you finish early,,but we're holding on to the June 2015 date," Goodwin said."He also discussed the reason for replacing the bridges and some of the benefits of the new bridges."

"The reason is the age and the condition of the bridges, and the bridges will not add another lane," Goodwin said."It's still going to be two lanes coming into the bridge,but what will be great is they add more pedestrian safety because they'll get a raised sidewalk on both bridges on both sides and a bicycle path on both sides."

Goodwin said that through various construction techniques, they were able to save about $750,000 in tax payers dollars.

"And while most are itching for the end of construction, there are many drivers who are willing to wait it out," Goodwin said.

"The bridges are a little old, they needed some updating which they're doing now and I'm sure DOT's doing the best they can," said Greg Marx, a Folly Beach resident.

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