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Drainage work will close Waverly intersection

By Jackie R. Broach
Coastal Observer

Drivers won’t be able to get onto Highway 17 from Waverly Road for a week while the work continues on a drainage project at the intersection.

The intersection will be closed Nov. 30 through Dec. 4.

The work will also cause water to be cut off temporarily in the area while a main line is moved.

Traffic from Highway 17 to Waverly, including Waccamaw Elementary School traffic, will be rerouted to Martin Luther King Road while drainage pipes are laid at the intersection, said Don Corinna, the county’s capital projects manager.

Engineers considered boring under Waverly Road to avoid disrupting traffic, but there is a water line in the way. A new pipe was installed under the highway with a boring that just missed the water line.

“This will certainly be a disruption for drivers, but there was no other way to put that pipe in,” said Richard Pope, resident maintenance engineer with the S.C. Department of Transportation’s office in Georgetown.

“You couldn’t bore under the road without damaging those lines and that would have caused a bad problem.”

As it is, the Georgetown County Water and Sewer District will have to relocate a 12-inch water line to accommodate the project, causing a disruption in service of several hours for homes and businesses on and around Waverly.

“That water line services a very large area. Everything from Petigru and back will be out of service” said Bob Barker, the district’s executive director. That includes Professional Lane and parts of Highway 17.

“We’ve already had some interruption in service along the causeway, but we haven’t had large areas out of service,” Barker said.

Plans are to do the work at night, likely between midnight and 4 a.m. when water usage is low.

When the exact date and times for the work have been pinned down, affected users will be notified, Barker said.

“Hopefully it will be a relatively short period of time, but of course we don’t know what kind of problems we might encounter,” he said. “It could go shorter or it could go longer, but there’s no way to avoid it.”

The drainage pipe will go right through the existing 12-inch line that feeds the service tank, he said.

“We’ll try to give people notice as quickly as we can, so they can fill up water bottles and that kind of thing,” Barker said.

“This is an important project and I’m sure it will be a huge improvement for that intersection.

“We’ll just have to ask for everybody’s patience and understanding while the work is done.”

The drainage project is intended to alleviate flooding at the intersection during heavy rains, which have damaged the roadway.

The $618,394 project started in September and is the first funded through stormwater fees, which took effect last year.

Work was slated for completion in February or March, but Corinna said the contractor is running ahead of schedule.

“We’re hoping that by the end of December or the first part of January we’ll be finished with paving,” he said.

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