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Memorial Day traffic loop remains in limbo, bike week lawsuit now set for trial

Traffic jams and the loop irritate locals, bikers at Bikefest

Traffic could barely move on Kings Highway as locals and tourists were aggravated with the traffic patterns and the loop created for Memorial Weekend Bikefest on Saturday.
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Traffic could barely move on Kings Highway as locals and tourists were aggravated with the traffic patterns and the loop created for Memorial Weekend Bikefest on Saturday.

With just two weeks until the start of Atlantic Beach Bike Week the fate of Myrtle Beach's 2018 version of a 23-mile traffic loop remains undecided.

The NAACP asked a federal judge for a court order to prevent Myrtle Beach from implementing the loop during Memorial Day weekend. The request was part of an ongoing lawsuit against the city and its police department. The loop is used during Atlantic Beach Bike Week, commonly referred to as "Black Bike Week."

NAACP leadership announced a lawsuit against the City of Myrtle Beach and the Myrtle Beach Police over the traffic loop that has been in place during Atlantic Beach Bikefest since the 2015 Memorial Day Weekend.



The 23-mile loop started in 2015 after the 2014 weekend was marred with violence and shootings.

NAACP leaders called the loop discriminatory and said it takes away from visitors’ enjoyment. The city contends the detour is needed for public safety and to allow emergency responders navigate traffic.

Each side presented its case about the loop to a federal judge in a Greenville court earlier this week.

After the hearing, Judge Marvin Quattlebaum told lawyers that he knows Memorial Day weekend was fast approaching, but didn't offer a timetable for his ruling. By the close of business on Friday, a decision was not posted on the federal court electronic records system.

Earlier this week, Quattlebaum filed a scheduling order as the sides now prepare for a February 2019 trial. They will need to complete mediation by July 31. The NAACP will have to identify its expert witnesses by Aug. 24 and the city will identify its experts by Sept. 24.

Myrtle Beach officials pulled barricades across the street to block off 3rd Avenue South traffic from Ocean Boulevard.

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