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Myrtle Beach streetscape project blocks Ocean and 9th Ave N intersection

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The intersection where Ocean Boulevard meets 9th Avenue South in Myrtle Beach is expected to be closed until 5 p.m. Monday so that workers can install a sewer line here near 9th Ave and bring electrical lines underground. The plan is to make this area more physically appealing.

Myrtle Beach’s $10 million boulevard streetscape and underground conversion project is beginning to block some major roads.

This construction from 2nd Avenue North to 9th Avenue North is focused on the last seven blocks of Ocean Boulevard’s commercial district that have not been upgraded. The city has already made over 53 blocks…putting utilities underground, replacing water and sewer lines, putting in new curbs and pavement, and installing new storm water drainage systems.  The new landscaping and lighting are some of the few things you'll actually see.

“This is a whole street makeover from below the ground all the way up to taking the utility poles down,” said Mark Kruea, City of Myrtle Beach Public Information Officer.

This is the second phase of a three year project. Last year, the city finished making over Ocean Boulevard from 2nd Avenue North to 5th Avenue North. Next winter, officials say, is when the pretty work will be done — taking the utilities down and putting on the top layer of pavement. Kruea said this project stemmed from an idea to move the utilities underground.

“The utility lines are ugly. We’ve taken those down for two reasons. One, it’s much prettier without them, and two, in the event of a hurricane, they’re much safer underground. It’s not foolproof, but it’s much safer underground. We don’t have as much to put back together after a hurricane.”

Kruea said this phase of the project should be completed around Easter. The entire project is expected to wrap up in April of 2017.

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