Crews work to complete Grand Strand construction projects

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Construction crews spend 12 hours shifts Sundays through Thursdays working to install new sewer lines from 62nd Avenue North up to 79th Avenue North. Mark Kruea with the City of Myrtle Beach said the project takes place from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. during the winter when there is less traffic on the roads. But the project started three years ago in the winter near 29th Avenue North, and crews have worked their way up.

The money to pay for the new pipes totals $1.9 million and those funds come from people paying their water and sewer expenses. Mark Kruea with the City of Myrtle Beach said we could see this project continue all the way up near Restaurant Row near North Myrtle Beach and it could take the next three winters to get the work done.

Mark Kruea added, "Sewer lines…We have not replaced these in the past. We are working from south to north. We started at 29th Avenue North and have been moving forward. This is the third phase; three more after this."

Another major construction undertaking in Myrtle Beach was the Harrelson Boulevard project, which is now complete and opened to traffic at noon Thursday. Myrtle Beach International officials say the project totaled $8.9 million, but it could help open up connectivity between Business 17 and Bypass 17.

Residents are glad for the new road to help divert traffic off of back roads and allow for easier access around town. The bike paths have also been extended along with the road which some say will help keep pedestrians along the new boulevard.

Some say the new road will benefit both residents and visitors to the Grand Strand.

Lauren Morris with the Myrtle Beach International said, "Going to access the airport from Kings Highway directly… unprecedented access for folks coming in to get to the golf course faster, hotels quicker, great for citizens of Horry County to have connectivity from business 17 to bypass 17 is huge."

Access to the airport from Harrelson Boulevard will not be available until the whole terminal project is complete.

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