Georgetown County authorities are implementing a traffic plan to help motorists and pedestrians leaving the area at the end of the July 4th Murrells Inlet Boat Parade on Thursday, said Carrie Cuthbertson, spokeswoman for the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office.
The Murrells Inlet public boat landing will be closed to pedestrians and vehicle traffic at 4:30 p.m. until the end of the boat parade, Cuthbertson said. The dock will be open to emergency personnel and vessels.
Sheriff deputies and troopers with the S.C. Highway Patrol will direct traffic at the end of the parade to assist attendees in leaving the area, Cuthbertson said. Traffic on U.S. 17 Business will be directed south to Wachesaw Road and motorists will turn right for U.S. 17 Bypass or north to Sunnyside Drive. If they left, they’ll have access S.C. 707 and U.S. 17 Bypass.
Side streets along U.S. 17 Business will be blocked preventing exiting or entering except at Wachesaw Road and Sunnyside Drive, Cuthbertson said. All traffic on roadways and side streets west of U.S. 17 Business will be directed to U.S. 17 Bypass.
South Carolina Highway Patrol will direct traffic at both the Wachesaw Road traffic light and the Sunnyside Drive traffic light, Cuthbertson said. Officers will be positioned along the routes to assist the flow of traffic exiting the area.