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July 24, 2014   
Posted: August 4, 2010
University Boulevard now open to traffic

  From left, Conway Mayor Alys Lawson, HGTC President Neyle Wilson, CCU President David DeCenzo and Rayford Vereen, chair of the Horry County Transportation Committee at the ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the new University Boulevard roundabout.  
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 Conway's 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.

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