Road crews will temporarily close traffic lanes on U.S. 17 Bypass near Shetland Lane on Tuesday to remove the orange barriers that have lined the road since construction work in the area began in December.
The southbound, inside lane next to the barriers will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. while the barriers are removed, then the northbound inside lane will be closed to pick up the remaining barriers.
Only one lane will be closed at a time, and the work on both lanes is expected to be completed by 3 p.m., according to Mark Kruea, Myrtle Beach spokesman.
Kruea advised that drivers use an alternative route between Farrow Parkway and Harrelson Boulevard Tuesday.
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The barriers blocking left-hand turns from Shetland Lane onto the bypass were put in place in December as part of the detour along Fred Nash Boulevard, which was closed leading to Farrow Parkway.
The detours and closures were due to construction of a traffic circle to serve a new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market and other businesses near the parkway.
After the barriers are removed, the cut allowing that turn onto U.S. 17 Bypass and from the Bypass onto Shetland Lane will not longer be allowed, and the cut will be filled in with a grass median, said Leah Quattlebaum with the S.C. Transportation Department.
Fred Nash Boulevard has since been reopened, and the construction project has been completed with the exception of landscaping and new lighting, Kruea said.