MYRTLE BEACH — Construction continues on the one-block extension of Myrtle Beach Boardwalk that connects Pier 14 with the 15th Avenue North Park.
The extension is projected to be compete by early- to mid-September, said Sarah Jeffcoat spokeswoman with Palmetto Corp, the company constructing the extension. Work began in April on the 425-foot extension of the boardwalk with the expectation of being complete by late July.
“We’re waiting on a final shipment of lumber,” Jeffcoat said Tuesday.
The extension is part of an agreement between the city and the restaurant to connect Banditos Restaurant & Cantina to the boardwalk. Banditos sits between 14th and 15th avenues North on Ocean Boulevard.
In March, Banditos owner Chip Smith said he had hoped the construction would take place in the winter with the boardwalk being complete by March 1. However, part of the deal he made with the city was that Banditos would continue the boardwalk to the city’s specifications and meeting those guidelines set construction back.
“The material the boardwalk is made of … has a special treatment,” Jeffcoat said Tuesday. “We’re waiting on the final shipment from Florida. … We’re hoping it comes early next week.”
Banditos manager Kenneth Gragert said those at the restaurant are eager for the extension to be completed.
“It’s going to give us three additional access points [to the restaurant patio] from the boardwalk,” he said. The restaurant opened last August.
The $6 million boardwalk opened in 2010, stretching from First Avenue North to 14th Avenue North. Banditos wanted to extend the boardwalk so it reached its restaurant.
Banditos is paying for construction of the extension, but it will be owned and maintained by the city.
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