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University Boulevard now open to traffic

August 4, 2010

University Boulevard has reopened to traffic from U.S. 501 and S.C. 544 with completion of a multilane roundabout between Coastal Carolina University and Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC). University Boulevard now extends across U.S. 501 to the Atlantic Center.

The roundabout was formally opened on Wednesday, Aug. 4 with ribbon cutting ceremonies attended by CCU President David DeCenzo; Neyle Wilson, HGTC president; Rayford Vereen, chairman of the Horry County Transportation Committee (CTC); and Conway Mayor Alys Lawson.

We are opening a safer intersection and have done it in a 75-80 day time frame," said Wilson. "We knew that it had to be done before students returned to campus.

I like what I see," said Vereen. "CTC did not fully fund this project; but we participated in the funding, and the cooperation of this project to make a safer environment for the students.

Conway Mayor Alys Lawson said she welcomed the "connectivity" of the City of Conways first public roundabout.

Thomas-Hutton designed and managed the $500,000 project, which was state funded. Construction was completed within 60 days.

A roundabout is a circular intersection where traffic flows around a center island and is often used in place of stop signs or traffic signals. Roundabouts have been shown to decrease the number of accidents and to improve pedestrian safety.