Myrtle Beach city engineers thought the winter weather would not impact completion of improvements to Kings Highway – which was originally expected by the end of May — but it did and contractors instead are expected to finish up work this week.
All five lanes of Kings Highway, from Eighth Avenue North to Third Avenue South, were milled last week and workers are expected to finish milling the intersecting avenues Monday, said city engineer Patrick Sadek.
“They’ll start paving tomorrow and the next four days ... and they should be out of there by Saturday unless we have rain or a storm,” Sadek said. “That’s an uncontrollable circumstance that will push it back.”
Improvements include the milling and resurfacing of Kings Highway, new curbs, gutters and sidewalks and crosswalks at every intersection that doesn’t have a traffic light, Sadek said.
Construction has taken place on each side of the street, beginning in the 700 block of Kings Highway North with closures of the lane closest to the curb in each direction, Sadek said. The work moved south block by block until completed at Third Avenue South.
Workers also constructed new medians, adding trees that are illuminated in the medians as well as along the sidewalks.
In January, Sadek told area business owners that the city chose the affected section of Kings Highway to connect with all of the improvements that have been done in that area over the years.
“We want to connect it with the work we’re doing on Third Avenue South, we want to connect with the Boulevard, we want to connect with the Boardwalk, which starts at Third Avenue North,” Sadek said. “When this project is done this is going to be the best section of Kings Highway.”