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The final piece of the Carolina Bays Parkway may see a slight routing change

It is quite possible that there may be a slightly different path to the final four miles of the Carolina Bays Parkway in Myrtle Beach.

Why? Well a few reasons...First, federal law requires an updated environmental impact study because the initial study was done before the first segments of the highway were completed in 2002. And since it has been over three years since the completion, they have to go through it again.

But the most likely reason for a shift in the soon to be constructed highway's routing is 15 lots within the 68 lot 'The Meadows' subdivision. SCDOT is actively trying to avoid having the highway impact the 15 lots. Plus, the developer is currently withholding the 15 lots from the market and also informing buyers throughout the subdivision that the highway will be built nearby.

Last year, a 248 lot subdivision called Osprey Plantation was halted to make way for the new highway. SCDOT is in the process of purchasing the land within the former development.

Construction on the four mile extension from SC 544 to SC 707 should begin in 2010 and should be completed by 2013.

Story: Myrtle Beach Sun News

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