Fred Nash Boulevard closure delayed while city waits on DOT approval

Fred Nash Boulevard closure delayed while city waits on DOT approval

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Fred Nash Boulevard, between Farrow Parkway and Emory Road, was set to close to all traffic at 9 a.m. Wednesday, December 2, for 90 days for commercial construction taking place on both sides of Fred Nash Boulevard, according to the City of Myrtle Beach. However, due to a request for an emergency closure of the left turn lane from Highway 17 Bypass to Shetland Lane, the road remains open until approval by the South Carolina Department of Transportation, and city officials do not know when it will be closed.

City of Myrtle Beach Spokesman Mark Kruea says a high-visibility police presence will be seen starting Wednesday afternoon near Fred Nash Boulevard. He added that Myrtle Beach police will assist the South Carolina Highway Patrol with enforcement in the vicinity of the interchange of Highway 17 Bypass and Shetland Lane, because it is in the unincorporated part of the county.

The Myrtle Beach City Government Facebook page states the project will include extending water and sewer utility lines beneath Fred Nash Boulevard, along with a 50-inch storm water drainage system.  A traffic circle will also be installed to control the increased volume of traffic between Farrow Parkway and Emory Road.

The City of Myrtle Beach says the work on Fred Nash Boulevard must be done, and the end result will be a better road for all.

The city wants drivers to avoid trying to cross US 17 at Shetland Lane. As an alternative, southbound traffic on US 17 should take the U-turn under the "backgate" bridge (US 17/SC707/Farrow Parkway interchange). Then, after northbound on US 17, drivers can make a safe right-hand turn onto Shetland Lane without having to cross US 17. Also, traffic exiting Shetland Lane should take a right-hand turn onto northbound US 17, rather than attempting to cross US 17. Drivers can then use the Harrelson Boulevard interchange to reverse direction and head southbound on US 17.

The city is now waiting on approval from the state Department of Transportation for the emergency closure of the Highway 17 Bypass left turn lane to Shetland Lane, according to city spokesman Mark Kruea. As of Wednesday at noon, they are still waiting to hear back from SCDOT, and do not know how long they will have to wait.

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