Kings Highway streetscape project causing problems for nearby business

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Crews are hard at work on Kings Highway, doing construction for a streetscape project that is expected to last until the end of May.

Right now, orange barrels line Kings Highway between 6th Avenue North and 8th Avenue North, and the outside lanes on the road within those blocks are closed.

This project is expected to move southward block by block from 8th Avenue north all the way to 3rd Avenue South. It's an effort to make the road look better.

The work includes adding wider sidewalks and marked pedestrian crosswalks - an effort to make the city safer for pedestrians and bikers. Other improvements include additional lighting,  landscaped medians and resurfacing Kings Highway. The city says construction should be finished by May 30.

People who work around the construction aren't pleased,  and don't think businesses should suffer for the road work.

Erica Baylor, the manager of Auto Money Title Loans says they've already seen a decrease in business since the project started Monday.

"We've talked to our corporate office about it, and they even lowered their expectations for us as a company for the next couple of months because of this project going on, because they don't see as much traffic coming in," Baylor says. "And they're not even around here, they're located in Charleston."

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