NMB extends storm water drainage project to late August

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The storm water drainage project for Hillside Drive in North Myrtle Beach has been extended to late August.

The removal of a gas line located underneath Hillside Drive has been requested by its owner, according to a news release issued by the city.

The work is scheduled to take place during the first days of August, with the installation of the new gas line taking place around August 8.

The Hillside Drive project contractor plans to start paving Hillside Drive sometime during the week of August 11, according to City Spokesman Pat Dowling.

The estimated cost for the Hillside Drive project is $3.5 million.

City leaders issued the following information to explain the overall purpose of the project:

The Hillside Drive Storm Water Drainage Project involves the installation of a series of regional retention ponds designed to mitigate flood damage to public and private property throughout a 400-acre drainage basin. The primary purpose of the project is flood control and water quality improvement along the public beach. This project will connect to the ocean outfall that the City installed several years ago at 6th Avenue South.

Overall project improvements include: An ocean outfall at 6th Avenue South, a 72-inch drainage pipe that runs along 6th Avenue South and Hillside Drive, and a 60-inch drainage pipe that runs along 8th Avenue South and Perrin Drive, a 20 acre wetland area for periodic storm water retention use, drainage ditch/creek stabilization and improvement, the rebuilding of Hillside Drive near 7th Avenue South in order to raise the road elevation above the flood zone elevation, and the installation of two retention ponds northwest of Highway 17.

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