NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (NEWS RELEASE) - Construction continues for the Main Street Ocean Outfall Project in North Myrtle Beach.
The next phase of the project is set to begin Monday, October 6.
City Spokesman Pat Dowling released the following information:
The full scope of work will be on Ocean Boulevard between 2nd Avenue North and 4th Avenue South and proceeding up 1st Avenue South to McLean Park.
The first portion of this work will occur on Ocean Boulevard between Main Street and 1st Avenue South. While access to businesses will be maintained in this location, thru traffic along Ocean Boulevard will be detoured around the construction area using Hillside Drive. Work in this particular location could take up to five weeks to accomplish. Over the next three to four months, the work will progress towards 4th Avenue South.
Additional notifications will be provided as work progresses.
Much of the work that will be accomplished over the next several months involves the installation of new storm water pipes, which will ultimately connect to the ocean outfall infrastructure that was installed under the Horseshoe at the end of Main Street, under the beach, and underground about one-quarter mile out into the ocean.
The project will reduce several regional flooding problems, allow for the removal of existing storm water pipes on the beach in the project area, and disperse storm water out into the ocean beyond the swim zone, greatly reducing the potential for adverse bacteria counts in the swim zone.
The work had to be divided into two fall/winter time frames in order to not interfere with the significant increase in population and traffic that occurs during the primary tourist months.
This is the City's fifth ocean outfall project. Since 2002, North Myrtle Beach has funded and installed four outfalls at a cost of $15,000,000. The current project cost is $9.5 million.
In addition to the Main Street ocean outfall, ocean outfalls have also been installed at 45th Avenue South, 39th Avenue South, 21st Avenue South and 6th Avenue South.
Many people living in the area understand the construction is necessary for the growing city.
"It is a sign of progress. North Myrtle Beach has grown, and we like that," shared Kimberly and Tim Watts, residents of North Myrtle Beach.
Others agree the timing of the project makes sense.
"It won't interfere with the vacation season while many people are down here, and there is less traffic," agreed Hugh Gassaway from the City of North Myrtle Beach.