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The South Carolina Department of Transportation met last week. Proposed changes to S.C. Highway 9 is expected to begin in the spring of 2021.

Proposed changes to S.C. Highway 9 in front of Loris Elementary School were presented to the public during a South Carolina Department of Transportation meeting last week.

The widening of the road -- part of the RIDE III Project -- is needed because of the increase in daily traffic, SCDOT officials say.

It is estimated about 5,000 cars pass Loris Elementary each day, a number that is expected to increase to around 8,000 in the next two decades, according to SCDOT data.

The plan is to make the two-lane highway a three-lane highway from approximately Cox Avenue to the intersection of S.C. 9 with S.C. 66. The improved road will include wider travel lanes and sidewalks, according to SCDOT project director Stacey Johnson.

He said a lane in the middle of the road at the school so it will be a two-lane left turn lane. Johnson said a roundabout will be added at the S.C. 66 intersection to improve safety.

Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2021.

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Country01

This makes sense, for sure. Hope that more upgrades are coming for Loris. Would be nice to have nice eateries and big name stores in this area.

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