HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Week two of the highly anticipated Myrtle Beach ocean outfall project is underway.
The 4th Avenue North beach entrance is now a construction site, and this is good news because so far the ocean outfall project is moving along on schedule.
Pipes that will be lined between two buildings to collect storm water runoff to be dumped over a thousand feet off shore.
All this work is in an effort to clean up our ocean from bacteria.
As of today the Department of Health and Environmental Control list 13th Avenue South in Surfside Beach to Highway 22 in Myrtle Beach, a near 20 mile stretch, as 'swimming not advised.'
This project is expected to be competed November 2015. Despite the investment of time away from the once seamless boardwalk, owners support the effort to clean up the beach.
"It's beneficial. It definitely will help everything as long as they stick to the schedule and they do it properly. Sprucing up the area a little bit which the boulevard, the downtown needs," said Gil Reibenbach, owner of 8th Avenue Tiki Bar.
North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling they installed a quarter mile storm water outfall pipe into the ocean underground.
"I think that it's a great project and it's something that North Myrtle Beach has needed for many years. When it's done, completed, it'll be a step forward for North Myrtle Beach," said H. Lee Brown, owner of OD Pavilion.
This is the city's fifth ocean outfall project, but this time around the project costs 9.5 million dollars. Nearly two thirds the amount it cost for the first four projects, totaling 15 million dollars.
Although this project has gotten more expensive and time consuming, shop owners in North Myrtle Beach think other areas will follow in the city's footsteps.
Brown explained, "I think there will be a lot of coastal towns and state that will follow us, when they see the progress this is going to make."
This winter, construction will begin installing new storm water drainage pipes Ocean Boulevard in North Myrtle Beach, along with a redesign of the horse shoe area at the end of Main Street. That work is expected to be done May 2015.
During the shoulder seasons you can expect construction to continue in both Myrtle and North Myrtle Beach. Although it may be an eye sour for now, it's all in effort to improve the overall community.