Officials explore options for Barefoot Bridge repairs

North Myrtle Beach, SC - By Jeanne Yates, North Myrtle Beach Online

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC—The Barefoot Resort Residential Owners' Association met on June 25 and discussed the minor repair and painting of the Barefoot Swing Bridge. The repair/painting will impact the travel of Barefoot residents, locals and tourists.

Kevin Blayton, NMB Director of Public Works, explained that bridges similar to Barefoot require painting and repair every 10 to 15 years. Since the repair bids came in over 2 million, NMB is searching for alternate proposals to reduce the amount of time and money.

While the city has looked into building a fixed bridge, they have concluded that the cost of replacing the swing bridge is not an option.  A fixed bridge would take 2 to 5 years to build and cost 10-12 million dollars.

The city is deciding between closing the bridge completely and keeping one lane open. Most city officials are in favor of leaving one lane open. Most of the structural repairs will be done at night.

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