Drivers: Delays from Third Ave. South construction minimal

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Roadwork on Third Avenue South has made one of the busiest areas in Myrtle Beach an area of concern for drivers.

A lot of residents use Third Avenue South to get from Highway 501 to Highway 17 Business. Due to construction, the road reduces to one lane from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation expects up to a 15 minute delay, when flaggers direct drivers through the construction zone.

One local driver says the delay isn't long enough to avoid the area.

"I come through here two, three times a day and there's slight delays, but you don't have to wait long, and I think tourist season has slowed down a lot so now that that is gone the congestions a lot less," says Bill Stanley.

Although the traffic is moving slower than usual, business owners like Myrriam Sanchez, owner of Salon DeBelleza, says it has not kept customers from coming through the salon doors. 

The SCDOT says the project involves both widening the road and moving utilities underground which is why it is a multi-year project, expected to last until 2015. They will be releasing a month-by-month update of local construction projects.

To avoid driving down Third Avenue South, you can take Highway 501 South straight to Highway 17 Business.

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