New back road to avoid the back gate

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - There's a lot of new development near the back gate of the old Air Force base in Myrtle Beach. That means more people are coming to the area, and you're spending more time in traffic.

Coventry Boulevard, the entrance to the homes at Emmens Preserve, will become a back road to avoid the back gate area. The road begins at Farrow Parkway but right now it's a dead end.

When construction wraps up, Coventry will extend from where it currently ends, all the way to Highway 17 Bypass, across from South Strand Medical Center.

More than 43,000 drivers pass through this area on the bypass each day.

"It will provide additional connectivity for that whole back gate area, for the Market Common area as well," said Myrtle Beach spokesman Mark Kruea. "Instead of coming all the way up to 707 and Farrow, you'll have the opportunity to jump off at Coventry and come into Farrow Parkway that way."

He said it will be four lanes divided with an intersection at Highway 17 Bypass, and that area will have traffic lights.

The road will be maintained by the city of Myrtle Beach but will be built by private developers. These developers are paying for the cost of the road, which is an estimated between $3.5 and $4 million.

City officials say the roadwork won't be done before tourist season, but it should wrap up by the end of the 2014 summer.

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