MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Drivers can now continue on Ocean Boulevard through 8th and 9th Avenues North two weeks ahead of schedule.
Mark Kruea, spokesperson for the city of Myrtle Beach, said the city decided a couple of weeks ago to shut off the area around the clock rather than closing it during the day and opening it back up at night. That gave construction crews some solid time to get the work done, which is part of the three-year streetscape project.
Also, while there was some rain, Kruea said the warmer weather allowed the tasks to be completed faster.
Businesses in the area are happy to see some traffic moving through again, but the construction remains.
"It'll be good for us. The area will look a lot nicer," said Daniel Becker, executive chef and general manager at ART Burger Sushi Bar. "But in the meantime, it's just a little unfortunate."
Becker said foot traffic has decreased and he expects that trend to continue as the construction moves closer to ART's front doors. He said the sidewalk will be dug up in February.
Sea Palms Motel is also seeing the effects of the construction.
"One weekend, I only had one rented because nobody could get in here," said Pearl Floyd, the motel's manager.
The open side of the road only has a base layer of pavement and the portion of the street that is now closed will have the same once this phase is complete by Easter.
Next year, the final layer of pavement will be put down.
Street lights at the intersections of 8th and 9th Avenues North with Ocean Boulevard remain out. Kruea said additional rewiring work needs to be done.