MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The City of Myrtle Beach is gearing up to start the phase to replace the city's main sewer lines. Construction will start where crew left off last spring, just north of the 79th Ave N intersection on 17 Bypass. During phase four, crews will work their way north to the Hwy. 17 split and replace about 7,000 ft of pipeline.
This next leg of construction will cost the city an additional $2 million. Patrick Sadek, City of Myrtle Beach Engineer, says the project is a must. A few years ago maintenance workers found leaks on a portion of the lines and after some testing, engineers decided it is time the main sewer lines be replaced with newer and wider pipelines. "It was experiencing some corrosion on the inside and the outside and had reached its shelf life," Sadek said.
The wider pipelines are necessary to keep up with Myrtle Beach's population growth and future development.
Drivers in the Grand Strand can expect similar road conditions to what they saw during the three previous phases. Overnight road work will start at 7 p.m. and wrap up at 7 a.m. with occasional lane closures. Sadek says his department will work closely with the contractor, especially since the stretch of road includes the entrance to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.
"We'll advise the contractor to keep the noise level down as much as possible. We're going to keep that median open for emergency vehicles. So in front of the hospital we're going to be as courteous as possible and go ahead and get the job done and get out of the way," Sadek said.
Last year construction wrapped up in the beginning of May. Sadek says the contractors should meet the same deadline this year and get road work wrapped up before the height of the busy summer tourism months. Construction is expected to begin before the end of the month.