MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Several people who live near Palmetto Pointe Boulevard just off US-17 say the two-lane road is unsafe for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, especially at night.
Last week a cyclist was hit by a car along the dark roadway. The accident, combined with others in the area, has some neighbors calling for streetlights and sidewalks to be added.
"It's actually a very dangerous road, it's very dark at night," said Mary Bridgett, who has lived in the Palmetto Pointe community for a little over a year. "I've seen a lot of people ride their bikes and it's not really a very safe road. There's a lot of traffic."
Mickey Anderson agrees that something more needs to be done to make the road safer.
"Definitely streetlights, definitely widening the road to accommodate all the developing that's going on in the areas, and definitely more police to stop this speeding," said Anderson.
Palmetto Pointe Boulevard falls under the jurisdiction of Horry County Councilman Bob Grabowski, who says the county is already working with the South Carolina Department of Transportation to improve certain parts of the road.
"Double left turn lanes near the intersection of Palmetto Pointe and Highway 17 are going to do a lot to move traffic out of here a lot faster," Grabowski explained. "Also Frontage Road that runs between Palmetto Pointe Boulevard and the McDonald's or Coalition Drive area is going to be improved."
Grabowski says the new traffic light at Coalition Drive and SC-707 will be completed within the next month. He says council members also want to see the other end of Palmetto Pointe Boulevard extended out to SC-544, but that land is privately owned.