Motorists should be prepared the choose their routes carefully Saturday morning as runners will be participating in this year’s MyrtleBeach.Com Myrtle Beach Marathon which starts at 6:30 a.m.
As of Thursday’s runner’s expo approximately 7,500 entrants were registered for the marathon, half-marathon and relay.
City spokesman Mark Kruea said traffic likely will be congested between 4 a.m. and 2 p.m. due to the race, which runs as far south as The Market Common and north to 82nd Avenue North.
Motorists should expect delays on Kings Highway, Ocean Boulevard, Farrow Parkway, Robert Grissom Parkway and various cross streets. U.S. 17 Bypass will not be affected by the marathon, but could see more motorists as it serves as the primary north-south route.
Myrtle Beach Police Capt. David Knipes said traffic congestion will peak between 9 a.m. and noon and said drivers should be patient and prepared to share the road with runners and spectators.
Access to Broadway at the Beach will be limited to U.S. 17 Bypass and 29th Avenue North between 4 a.m. and 2 p.m.
All local residents will be permitted access to business and residences, but delays can be expected, Knipes said.
Kings Highway, Ocean Boulevard and Robert Grissom Parkway will see the most closures throughout the day. The following is a complete list of road closures: