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County leaders propose a shorter traffic loop for Bikefest

Myrtle Beach leaders are considering a traffic loop 40 miles long. Bikefest traffic would be using Ocean Boulevard, Business 17, Highways 544, 31, and 22 before they would return back to Ocean Boulevard. Myrtle Beach leaders are considering a traffic loop 40 miles long. Bikefest traffic would be using Ocean Boulevard, Business 17, Highways 544, 31, and 22 before they would return back to Ocean Boulevard.

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - County leaders feel a shorter traffic loop for Bikefest will ultimately fix some major concerns while continuing to allow traffic to flow. 

County Council Chairman, Mark Lazarus, attended Monday's public safety committee meeting. He was also at the Myrtle Beach Special Events summit.

"After listening to the summit, and sitting through it for two days, we got a consensus, I felt, out of most of the people that handle these types of events, that the shorter the loop is, the better off you are, because of personnel issues as much as anything," Lazarus explained.

Myrtle Beach leaders are considering a traffic loop 40 miles long. Bikefest traffic would be using Ocean Boulevard, Business 17, Highways 544, 31, and 22 before they would return back to Ocean Boulevard.

Aside from spreading officers too thin, Lazarus voiced some other concerns. 

"You're talking about that stretch of 31, it becomes a race track. Unless we had provisions we're going to stop them every so many yards or feet, to slow them down... how would you really control it?" Lazarus asked the rest of the Public Safety Committee.

Lazarus feels a fix would be a shorter loop coming from Ocean Boulevard, South onto 17 business, North up Harrelson Boulevard, back on to 17 bypass, North to 21st or 29th Avenue, and back onto Ocean Boulevard.

Patrick Carroll is a manager at Dirty Don's and says he had a few walk outs last Memorial Day weekend.

Though he would rather do away with the entire event, he's looking on the bright side.

"You know, business is business, money's money...any chances for us to make more money I'm all for it," Carroll said.

Carroll admits he will be upping staff and possibly be looking into outside security options if the traffic loop does take Bikefest traffic down 21st Avenue. 

Chairman Lazarus plans on comparing different traffic loops in meetings coming up, including the Coastal Alliance meeting, as well as bringing them to the task force. 

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