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Crews clean up as officials set up for upcoming events in Grand Strand

With both bike weeks over, crews have been working to cleanup the city. (Source: Katrina Helmer). With both bike weeks over, crews have been working to cleanup the city. (Source: Katrina Helmer).

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - With both bike events over, crews have been working to clean up the city.

Myrtle Beach city crews made it a point to empty trash bins twice a day during the Atlantic City Bikefest, but there was still some picking up to do, starting on Memorial Day. Workers were emptying the last few trash barrels.

But city spokesperson Mark Kruea says picking up the barricades and the signage is a different story. That could take crews a few days to pick everything up.

“Right now what they're doing is disassembling the traffic loop and all the other barricades. And that may take several more days yet this week. There's a lot of material out there that we need to pick up and pack away properly so that we have it for the next event,” says Kruea.

The city of Myrtle Beach expects overtime costs to be close to $200,000 for these events.

As city crews are taking down barricades and disassembling the traffic loop, Myrtle Beach officials will be planning, and setting up for upcoming events like the Carolina Country Music Festival.

The music festival will be mainly concentrated in the downtown area, so city leaders say something like a major traffic loop is not something the city anticipates having to do. But that doesn't mean there won't be road closures and congestion. The Myrtle Beach Police Department continues to work on finalizing the traffic and security plans for this event.

Kruea says most of the work for the Carolina Country Music Fest is going to fall on the festival coordinators not on city workers, which should give them a bit of a break.

“The Carolina Country Music Festival will set up their equipment on the former Pavilion sites, both the oceanfront site and the Boulevard site. They'll set up the staging, and the lighting, and the equipment, and the fencing around that,” says Kruea.

Another fun event coming up that not many people have heard about yet is an Elvis Fest in the middle of June. It will be one of several national Elvis tribute artist contests. You can expect to hear live Elvis music at Plyler Park during this event.

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