The City of Myrtle Beach received permission on Wednesday afternoon from the South Carolina Department of Transportation to temporarily close the median cut on US 17 at Shetland Lane.
Fred Nash Boulevard was originally scheduled to close at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, but the city delayed the closure until the Shetland Lane crossover closure could be approved. The city wanted to implement both at the same time so that drivers would not be tempted to dash across US 17 at Shetland Lane.
The City of Myrtle Beach apologizes for this morning's unexpected delay.
Temporary closure of the median cut will involve the use of some 250 orange "jersey" barriers, which will be filled with water. As before, drivers who wish to access Shetland Lane, Emory Road and the remaining portion of Fred Nash Boulevard may make a right-hand turn onto Shetland from northbound US 17, the Myrtle Beach City Government Facebook page states.
Southbound drivers may make an easy U-turn under the US 17/SC 707/Farrow Parkway interchange and head northbound on US 17 to Shetland Lane. Drivers exiting Shetland Lane onto US 17 will be able to make a right-hand turn and then use the Harrelson Boulevard overpass to reverse direction and head southbound on US 17.
The Fred Nash Boulevard closure at Farrow Parkway is expected to be closed for up to 90 days for the installation of utility lines and a traffic circle.
Within SC DOT's approval, traffic exiting Lauderdale Bay on the west side of US 17 will be able to turn right only. Northbound US 17 traffic will still be able to make a left-hand turn into Lauderdale Bay, according to the SC DOT's permission.
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