Fred Nash Boulevard opens as backgate construction continues

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Even though drivers now have Fred Nash Boulevard to help them get around the backgate construction, workers have been working on the backgate ramps to speed up the process as much as possible. But since we're heading into the busy months for our area, all the work might be slowed down a little.

When the big time may events come to town, you might see some big time delays. Horry County Spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier says work will come to a stop during Memorial Day week events. That'll help with the traffic concerns during the Myrtle Beach and Atlantic Beach spring bike rallies. But it will postpone the backgate project because the nighttime lane closures over the past couple of months help workers do more without worrying about traffic.

Overnight work also helps you because it keeps the lanes open during the day - making for an easier drive. But some drivers in the area say they won't mind the construction delays.

"I think the people who run things around here do have a good handle on it," said resident Lee Bennett. "And I'm impressed with some of the results that we get. It's a difficult situation and they seem to be doing okay."

The construction delays may not end with the spring bike rallies. If there are any special events during the summer, Horry County Officials can make the decision to stop all work involving lane closures. Fred Nash Boulevard will open today at 1p.m., and it connects Farrow Parkway to Highway 17 Northbound near Harrelson Boulevard.

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