Myrtle Beach leaders have announced preliminary plans to better manage the crowds that will most likely fill the streets during Memorial Day weekend next year.
The main components of the plan include bringing back the emergency lane on Ocean Boulevard and creating a traffic loop to reduce the congestion in the heart of Myrtle Beach. The emergency lane is a wise idea. It is something that helped decrease the chaos after things got out of control a few years ago. The traffic loop, however, is creating some concern in North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach. For the plan to have the best chance of success, it is important that all of the communities along the Grand Strand collaborate and embrace the possible solutions, especially if the strategy shifts the problem to another community. Obviously, the traffic loop is one idea that needs more dialogue and discussion from the leaders of the entire region.
Now that portions of the plan are public, hopefully city leaders will keep the community informed as they tweak and refine the strategy…the clock is ticking towards Memorial Day 2015.