A contractor will be working Thursday on a U.S. 17 underground power conversion project in North Myrtle Beach.
The work will occur along U.S. Highway 17 between Ocean Creek Resort and 46th Avenue South.
The project is a continuation of the city’s overall initiative to convert overhead utilities to underground throughout the city, according to city spokesman Pat Dowling. This phase will cost $2.9 million.
He said much of the work that will involve installing conduit, which will ultimately allow power and telecommunication utilities to convert their wiring from overhead to underground. There also will be a waterline will be installed between 48th Avenue South and 46th Avenue South as a part of the city’s yearly capital improvements for utilities.
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Dowling said the project has been divided into two fall/winter time frames so that construction activity will not interfere with the significant increases in population and traffic that occur during the primary tourism season. The conduit will be installed during the fall and winter, and wires will be pulled through the underground conduit next fall/winter of 2015.
The first portion of the work will be on U.S. 17 between Ocean Creek Resort and 48th Avenue South. The northbound curb lane will be closed, but access to businesses in the project area will be maintained. Work in this location could take up to four weeks to accomplish. The work will progress towards 46th Avenue South over the next four to five months. Depending on the type of work being performed within the project, work will occur during day and night time hours.