MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - When you drive in Myrtle Beach, you're bound to hit construction, which is a huge headache for drivers, but some projects are nearing the end.
US-17 is surrounded by restaurants and shops, but construction is hard to get around. At restaurant row, the southbound lanes are reduced to one. SCDOT said in the next two weeks, we should see at least a second southbound lane open in the area.
The next step in the project is paving, which will take place the end of the month. SCDOT has a goal to finish the entire project by the beginning of May, just in time for our tourists - that is, if the weather holds up.
Drivers say there are certain times of the day you should completely avoid the area, if you can.
"During evenings when dinnertime comes, it's very crowded. It tacks on probably an extra 15 to 20 minute commute; it can really slow up, particularly on the weekends and Friday evenings when the vacationers come down for the weekends, and golfers," says Peggy Verbeck, who lives in the area.
Continue to be mindful of 30 mile-per-hour speed limits, which means leaving enough time to get through the traffic.
Restaurant row isn't the only place you'll run into road work. Be on the lookout for crews on Kings Highway between 8th Avenue North and 3rd Avenue South, a project expected to last until the end of May. Right now, you see lanes reduced and traffic tie ups, but the end result will be new sidewalks, crosswalks, lighting and more - an overall makeover for the area.
This isn't the only place you'll see changes. Monday starts a new week, and a new project. According to the City of Myrtle Beach, the intersection of Pine Island Road and Broadway Street, Highway 15, will be closed beginning at 6 a.m., and will remain closed most of the day. Detours will be set up to get you around the area where crews will be installing a drainage pipe.
Backups aren't unexpected at the back gate, either. Farrow Parkway is down to one lane headed towards US-17 bypass, but Horry County officials say the roadwork should end by Wednesday evening, which will re-open lane closures. As far as the back gate project goes, it's still on time, set to be complete by the end of the summer.