Drivers asked to have patience as three big events hit Myrtle Beach this weekend

03/20/2014 1:42 PM

03/20/2014 5:58 PM

Traffic around the former Myrtle Square mall site along Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach will be especially heavy this weekend as the 26th annual Pee Dee Street Rodders Run to the Sun hits town.

Kings Highway around the mall site, located between 21st and 29th avenues North, has been reduced from three lanes to two for Friday and Saturday. Traffic initially was reduced to one lane Thursday morning, causing traffic delays around lunchtime.

City spokesman Mark Kruea said lanes have been closed for the Street Rodders event for the past few years. City police will be on site to control the crosswalks.

“The Kings Highway restriction is a pedestrian safety measure to help people get across the street safely,” Kruea said. “Be prepared to stop and drive slowly through there.”

Parking is expected to be difficult this weekend, Kruea said, and encouraged those going to the car show to use a free shuttle that’s been provided from the Broadway at the Beach parking lots. The shuttle will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

In addition to the classic car show, there are thousands of cheerleaders participating at a competition at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center at Oak Street 21st Avenue North and about 1,500 additional athletes competing at Doug Shaw Stadium at Oak Street and 33rd Avenue North.

“It’s a good problem to have,” Kruea said. “But plan ahead if you’re going to one of those events or if you’re trying to avoid one of those events.”

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