MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The South Carolina Highway Patrol wants to ensure that visitors and locals are safe on the roads around the Grand Strand this summer. Here is up-to-date traffic information and tips to help you get from point A to point B safe and sound.
Expect the heaviest traffic congestion to be on Highway 501 between Conway and Myrtle Beach in Horry County. Saturday is typically the busiest day of the week with visitors coming in and out of the area. SCHP says that traffic will be congested through Labor Day.
- Consider an Alternate Route
If you are going to North Myrtle Beach, Cherry Grove or Little River, the Highway Patrol advises that S.C. 22 can be used to bypass the congested U.S. 501 route. SC Highway 22 intersects with Highway 501 just past Aynor, S.C.
If you are traveling from the South End of the Grand Strand (S.C. 544 at Surfside Beach), take S.C. Highway 31, which runs parallel to the coast all the way to the North Carolina state line.
Ocean Lakes Family Campground Director of Marketing and Public Relations Barb Krumm said HWY 544 and 17 Business can be a mess on a busy holiday weekend. Especially during check in and check out times.
"As I told my family get up and leave early that's the best thing to do," added Krumm. "Keep your patience there are several routes you can take and just planning and not lingering probably helps you avoid some of the rush."
Krumm said there may be even more traffic this year because the storm does not seem to be driving people away. If anything it is doing the opposite.
- General Safety Tips for Navigating Beach Traﬃc
Be aware that traffic will become congested especially around hotel check-in and check-out times.
You can expect heavy, often bumper-to-bumper traffic leading into the beach areas. Patience is key.
The Highway Patrol sees many minor traffic collisions, aggravating these already heavily traveled arteries.
Plan your route before and don't depend on GPS devices the entire time.
Be aware of motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians in the area.
Always wear your safety belt and ensure all passengers are buckled up.
Don't drink and drive, and report suspected impaired drivers or those driving in a reckless manner by calling *HP (*47).
Remember, South Carolina law says you can move your vehicle out of traffic if you have a crash with no injuries until an officer can arrive at the scene. This will facilitate the flow of traffic.
- How to Get Traﬃc Information
Consult SCHP Real Time Traffic to find out about active collisions in the area you are traveling.
Check SCDOT's 511 to get roadway information.
WMBF News Reporter Brennan Somers is gathering more information on how you can stay safe on the road during this busy time of year. Stay tuned for the latest information.