Officials hope that a busy street at Lake Waccamaw will soon reopen for traffic.
Town Manager Harry Foley said work was expected to begin Monday on repairs to Lakeshore Drive.
A section of the bluff washed out in December near The Anchorage, leading to a long and frustrating detour for residents and visitors to the lake.
“The Department of Transportation told me that repairs would begin Monday (April 14),” Foley said.
The project was delayed for months due to a lack of the proper materials to complete the work. A steel fence was used to repair the previous washout on Lakeshore last year. The state also reported that it took a little longer than anticipated to get permission from adjoining landowners.
Although the street is in the town, Lakeshore Drive is a state-maintained road.
Officials also had to jump through several environmental hoops before work could begin. The limestone bluffs along Lakeshore Drive are responsible for maintaining the lake’s pH balance, which is vital to the survival of a number of species that call the bay lake home. State and federal officials closely regulate any changes to the bluffs.
The washout was discovered just before the New Year, when a large area of soil collapsed onto the shore of the lake. The roadbed under the pavement washed away due to groundwater, leaving the road itself deceptively intact. Since officials couldn’t quickly determine how far the washout extended under the pavement, the road was closed.
DOT and town officials said the repairs should take significantly less time than the last washout to the road. Lakeshore could reopen in two weeks.