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Myrtle Beach to install new sidewalks

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Pedestrians and bikers in the Grand Strand might agree that the City of Myrtle Beach could use more sidewalks.

WMBF News has reported that there have been 50 accidents between cars and pedestrians so far this year in Horry County. At least four pedestrians have died from accidents.

But the number of accidents doesn't always determine where the sidewalks go.

In Myrtle Beach, it can be hard to choose what areas need the extra concrete, since accidents are so spread out. This week, city council approved plans to make a continuous line of sidewalks on North Kings Highway from 62nd Avenue North to 79th Avenue North. On 29th Avenue North, there are plans to add sidewalks from Kings Highway to Oak Street. On Yaupon Drive, council wants to place sidewalks starting at 24th Avenue South to as far as they can.

Myrtle Beach City Street Coordinator tells WMBF News the staff pick places based on if they notice a high number of pedestrians or if the neighborhood reaches out. Brian Brosi is a Myrtle Beach resident who walks or bikes around the city nearly every day, and he knows first-hand how a lack of sidewalks can be dangerous.

"The one incident that I had was turning right," said Brosi. "The guy that turned right in front of me, he should have seen me, and nothing happened. I didn't get hurt, but I fell to the ground."

Although different areas are on the priority list, city council approved the listed areas above, sections in the North, Central and South parts of the city. But there still has to be neighbors' approval before any work happens. This year the city budgeted $165,000 for new sidewalks.

If you would like to the city to consider adding sidewalks to your area, contact the Myrtle Beach Public Works Department:

http://www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/publicworks.html

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