Completion of Palmetto Pointe Blvd. causes concern

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) There have been plans to extend Palmetto Pointe Boulevard off of Highway 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach for years, but it still has yet to happen.

Homeowners living along that stretch of road say they're getting more concerned as the area continues to develop.

Ten thousand cars travel on Palmetto Pointe Boulevard any given day, and as more housing and business developments come in, more traffic floods the area.

People who live there say it's concerning. "There's homes going up everywhere around here," said Dennis Scheid. "And the more and more people you get in here, you have to have a second exit. I can't believe that you could actually put a development in, without having another exit."

The two lane boulevard takes drivers through plenty of businesses and developments, only to come to a sudden dead end. So for the thousands of people living in that area, there's only one way in and one way out.

Meanwhile the empty land next to the road is filling up with new homes, apartments, and people. This can be a big safety issue if there's an emergency or a hurricane evacuation.

Homeowners say they were promised a road that connected to at least three other major roadways in Horry County, and years later they're still waiting. Many feel it's crucial now that someone delivers on that promise.

"You can't live on promises your whole life," said homeowner Dennis McNulty. "Somebody's got to be able to do something. Step Up. Get off the dime. Whatever it takes. Do it."

County council members say don't blame them for the barriers, as they say they have no control over making the project happen.

Horry County Councilman Bob Grabowski says the developer who owns the land, Jackson Companies, has declared in the past it will finish the road with a new development once the economy turned around. But now, people are noticing how busy the company has been lately, with the new Sayebrook shopping center that just opened off of Highway 544. Jackson Companies also owns the land that's mysteriously being cleared for development directly across 17 Bypass.

Grabowski says the new developments could be driving the Palmetto Pointe Boulevard project in the right direction.

"This is a good step," said Grabowski. "Now that they've got the target in there. This is one big good step for getting that connector road."

Even though there is no timeline for when construction will begin, Horry County officials have made the boulevard one of the top three needed projects for the county. So if there is any available federal funding for local roads, Palmetto Pointe would be third in line to get the deal.

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