NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Roadwork kicks off Monday at Main Street and Ocean Boulevard, which restricts drivers from traveling through the popular intersection.
Detours are set in the area, with 1st Ave. North and South as alternative routes. Access to businesses on Main St. and Ocean Blvd. will be allowed during construction.
This is part of a $9.5 million project, which began with closing the Main Street Horseshoe in the fall. This is the fifth Ocean Outfall project for North Myrtle Beach, which is set to reduce bacteria in ocean water and flooding, adding to beach and business safety.
The road closures will be in effect for the entire month of February, and the Main Street horseshoe will remain closed until late April or early May.
Local business owners say, although this is an inconvenience for drivers, they understand the importance of the project and are happy it won't impact business in the busy season.
"Anytime it rains at high tide, the area floods, so they came in with this idea, I guess of putting in bigger drainage, to allow it to get out faster. It's blocked things up, but they've been doing it in the off-season which is probably the best way to do it," said Tripzilla co-founder and owner Mark Young.
He says improvements will make flooding less common and parking easier, which will bring more people to the local stores.