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Safety a concern on overnight 17 Bypass project

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) This is the time of year when we see the most construction work happening at the beach. The latest project is ready to begin at 17 Bypass and 79th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. There will now be weekly overnight work on the sewer lines along 17 Bypass.

Nighttime construction lane closures especially can be a safety concern for area drivers.

"Some people are driving and just have trouble seeing at night," said Michael Kovach. "Seeing things in their peripheral vision. So nighttime I would think would be more dangerous."

Since people don't drive as carefully as they should around work zones, the city has come up with more upgraded safety guidelines for construction projects. The rules have been changed to better fit where you drive, to make it safer for you and those working next to the road.

But it doesn't solve all the problems. When there are bigger projects, other contractors come in to do the work and have their own way of setting up work zones. This switches things up and leaves many drivers trying to figure out where to go.  When it comes to projects on main roadways like 17 Bypass, the city makes sure to do more for your safety.

"Safety is a concern," explained Mark Kruea, spokesperson for the City of Myrtle Beach. "It's one of the reasons why we close the inside lanes. Work is occurring within the median, but we want that little extra bit of cushion so that the contractors and staff people are not in harm's way."

City employees who handle work zones have recently been trained on the new procedures, but the bottom line is all drivers should still be careful when passing work zones. The sewer line work on 17 Bypass is to upgrade the city's more than 25-year-old pipes, and is expected to last at least four months.

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