A new segment of the freeway bypassing Myrtle Beach has opened.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation says the segment of the Carolina Bays Parkway between state Highway 707 and state Highway 544 opened Thursday.
The segment of what is also called state Highway 31 was supposed to open in 2017, but bad weather and later cracks in a bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway delayed the project.
The 4 miles (6 kilometers) of new freeway is the southernmost segment of the Carolina Bays Parkway. The highway now connects North Myrtle Beach to Socastee.
The project cost more than $200 million.