The Sun News is working to get answers to the questions residents have about navigating the 23-mile traffic loop that will be in place from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. May 22 to 24.
Below is an interactive map that should answer many of those questions, based on information from Lt. Joey Crosby with the Myrtle Beach Police Department. Zoom in and out, move around and click on the icons to get information pertaining to specific parts of the loop.
The traffic loop routes drivers from 29th Avenue North on Ocean Boulevard south and around to Kings Highway, north to Harrelson Boulevard – which turns into George Bishop Parkway – west to Waccamaw Boulevard, which runs next to U.S. 501, onto S.C. 31 heading north to Grissom Parkway south, then onto U.S. 17 Bypass and down 29th Avenue North.
Things to note:
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• During non-loop hours, drivers will be able to access Ocean Boulevard only from avenues that have a stoplight at Kings Highway, such as 21st Avenue North, 16th Avenue North, Third Avenue South and 17th Avenue South.
• When the loop is in effect from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., drivers will only be able to access Ocean Boulevard from 29th Avenue North.
• Police have said they will be reasonable and work with taxi drivers as best they can.
• Equipment such as barrels and cones will be pre-staged at various locations along the loop and will be put up and ready to go into effect at 10 p.m.
• Traffic may not return to normal immediately at 2 a.m. It will depend on how the traffic is moving. Officers could do a tiered take-down of equipment or take it all down at once.
This map will be updated as more questions come up. Feel free to bookmark this page and check back often.
Grand Strand officials have been working for months to develop a safety plan to help get control of Memorial Day weekend, when tens of thousands of people come to the area to take advantage of a three-day weekend at the beach or to participate in other events including the Atlantic Beach Bikefest.