Roads packed with bikers and tourists for holiday weekend

Myrtle Beach, SC - NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - With thousands of people in town for Bike Fest and Memorial Day, traffic was especially heavy around North Myrtle Beach and Atlantic Beach.

"I've been stuck in traffic for four hours," said Leroy Kacy, a visitor from Sumter.

Traffic tie-ups were spotted along US-17 in both directions. Officers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol remained on duty late Saturday to help assist drivers stuck in traffic back-ups.

"You're sharing the road with a lot of people," said SCHP Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins. "Motorcycles need to be aware of the vehicles around and cars need to check their blind spots."

Several people set up chairs along the traffic back-ups to view the bikes and frustrated motorists.

"All these cars and bikes, I've never seen so many in my life," said Lynwood Roberts, a tourist from Oxford, NC.

Highway Patrol has troopers remaining on duty overnight to help with traffic. Drivers can expect to notice extra signs and radio messages alerting people about road closures and alternate routes.

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