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Highway 17: Crew fights traffic to install Hagley signal

By Jason Lesley
Coastal Observer

Progress on a new traffic light at Tyson Road and Highway 17 is moving quickly. A crew from ALS, a construction company based in Fayetteville, N.C., was working to dig holes for the concrete rebar supports this week. Jeremy Webb, general foreman for ALS on the stop light job, said what looked like a simple job turned into a lot of work because the crew hit water at 4 feet. The walls of the hole had to be supported to keep it from caving in, Webb said.

Once the 12 to 15 cubic yards of concrete are poured, workers will wait seven days for the pads to cure. The lights will be “free-swinging,” Webb said. A cable supported by the two new poles will hold the traffic signals.

Webb said ALS was able to do the work quickly because it had crews working on a new bridge for the widening of Highway 707 near Murrells Inlet.

The state Department of Transportation approved the light two weeks ago after a rash of traffic accidents followed the opening of a new Lowes Foods store.

“They need a light here,” Webb said. “We’re having trouble getting across the road ourselves.”

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