MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Big changes could be on the way for Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach.
A committee has been studying Kings Highway, and now they're making some big suggestions. Some of the recommendations are to lower the speed limit on all of Kings Highway, to slow you down, and to give businesses a chance to catch your eye.
Byron Jones, who drives on Kings Highway, says it makes sense.
"Seeing more things," said Jones. "Because as it is right now people are driving on the farthest lane driving real slow trying to see all the businesses."
The Kings Highway Vacant Building Re-Use Committee also wants to reduce the number of lanes on Kings to make it only four lanes across, and potentially add on wider sidewalks and bike lanes. At the same time, this could create more traffic. Not just on the roads, but also at local businesses. Committee Chair Bill Pritchard says we've seen it before, with similar changes made on Ocean Boulevard.
"The same thing can happen on Highway 17 eventually," said Pritchard. "It's going to take a long time, but it can happen." If approved, these changes would happen in phases.
Jones and other drivers say they see how it's good for business.
"It would probably bring more in," said Jones. "People will start buying buildings to get more services along the roads."
"In this case probably it's a good idea. Because if people drive fast they won't be able to see what's going on around them," said driver Jordan Teixeira.
If you're worried about these recommendations moving traffic away from Kings Highway, Pritchard says it's too late for those concerns. The latest traffic counts show there has already been a dip in the number of cars traveling on the roadway. So the point is to create a more pedestrian friendly environment, and to make sure that the cars still using Kings have a chance to slow down and actually see the businesses around them.
These recommendations are being put together by city staff, and will eventually go to the Myrtle Beach City Council for approval.