The short answer on how to avoid the congestion of the 20th annual Myrtle Beach Marathon March 4, 2017 is simple: If you can stick to Highway 17 Bypass, do it.
But with several competitions planned for this weekend, including the Robotics competition at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, traffic is going to get a little congested for locals and tourists alike.
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(P.S. Mr. Joe White is 10th Avenue North)
Here’s a run down of where to AVOID:
Grissom Parkway at both 21st Ave. North and 29th Ave. North. All lanes of Grissom Parkway will be closed from 21st Ave. North to Mr. Joe White Ave. from 4-11 a.m. All lanes will be closed from 29th Ave. North to 21st Ave. North from 4-8 a.m. One southbound lane will be closed from Granddaddy Blvd. to Pelicans Ballpark from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Kings Highway at both Grand Dunes Boulevard and 82nd Ave. North.
If you must, here is how to ACCESS:
Broadway at the Beach, use U.S. 17 Bypass and 29th Ave. North. There will be no access to Broadway from the two Grissom Parkway entrances from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Granddaddy Blvd. will be closed, so enter Pine Lakes Country Club from Woodside Ave.
Staying at a hotel on Ocean Boulevard? Expect delays while attempting to enter or exit hotels on the east side of Ocean Blvd.
Expect delays in front of Pelicans Ballpark until 2 p.m. while a temporary cross-walk is in use.
Expect major delays when attempting to cross Grissom Parkway at 48th Ave. North, 38th Ave. North, 29th Ave. North and 21st Ave. North from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Expect an increasingly difficult exit from side streets and parking lots on the west side of Kings Highway from 6:30 a.m. until approximately 8 a.m.
North and southbound lanes of Kings Highway will experience major delays near the intersection of Mr. Joe White Ave. from 7:30-10 a.m.
Northbound lanes entering the city on Kings Highway will experience major delays at the intersection of South Ocean Blvd. from 7:15-9 a.m.
All traffic on Kings Highway will experience major delays near the intersection of Grand Dunes Blvd. from 8:30-11 am.
Traffic crossing Kings Highway at 82nd Parkway, 79th Ave. North, 76th Ave. North and 67th Ave. North will experience major delays from 9 a.m.-noon.
Strategic Driving before noon
Mr. Joe White Ave. will be closed to all traffic from Kings Highway to Grissom Parkway from 5:30-7 a.m.
If traveling Kings Highway between Mr. Joe White Ave. and the southern city limit, leave before 6:30 a.m. to enjoy an open window of access.
Farrow Parkway will be closed to all traffic from Kings Highway to Phillis Blvd. from 6:30-9 a.m.
Westbound traffic on Farrow Parkway from U.S. 17 Bypass will be detoured at Meyers Ave. to Kings Highway. There will be NO access to northbound Kings Highway until 9 a.m. All northbound traffic from this area should use 17 Bypass. There will be access to businesses on Farrow Parkway from Shine Ave.
All northbound lanes of Ocean Blvd. from South Kings Highway to 31st Ave. North will be closed from 6:30-10 a.m.
One northbound lane of Ocean Blvd. from 31st Ave. North to 52nd Ave. North will be closed from 6:30-11 a.m.
All northbound lanes of North Ocean Blvd. from 52nd Ave. North to 82nd Parkway will be closed from 6:30 a.m.-noon.
Southbound lanes of Ocean Blvd. from 12th Ave. North to 8th Ave. North will be closed from 6:30-10 a.m.
Grand Dunes Blvd. will be closed from 8 a.m.-noon.
Strategic Driving into the afternoon
65th Ave. North will be closed to westbound traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Frontage Road will be closed to southbound traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
48th Ave. North will be closed to westbound traffic from Grissom Parkway to U.S. 17 Bypass from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Oleander Drive will be closed to southbound traffic from 48th Ave. North to 44th Ave. North from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
44th Ave. North will be closed to eastbound traffic from Oleander Drive to Mayfair St. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Myrtle Beach Police Department will have a live interactive map under the special events tab at police.cityofmyrtlebeach.com that will inform motorist of road closures and openings in real time, and MBPD will also utilize its Facebook and Twitter social media accounts for updates.