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Myrtle Beach concludes Bikefest traffic loop early

Myrtle Beach Police Department officials decided late Sunday to lift the restrictions of a 23-mile traffic loop put in place nightly from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. beginning Friday.

Myrtle Beach police spokesman Lt. Joey Crosby said shortly after midnight Monday that officials were concluding the traffic due to light traffic on the roads.

The loop routed drivers from 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach 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.

Officials had said establishing a loop would keep traffic moving, because congestion leads to “parking lot parties” that could lead to violence.

But traffic on Friday along the loop between the intersection of 29th Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass and the intersection of Ocean Boulevard with Third Avenue South was mostly at a standstill during the loop hours.

Traffic flowed better on Saturday night, with some congestion found along U.S. 17 Bypass near 48th Avenue North.

Officials said they were pleased with the loop’s effectiveness but residents and tourists throughout the weekend complained of the inconvenience.

Contact MAYA T. PRABHU at 444-1722 or on Twitter @TSN_mprabhu.

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