MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The new year ushers in a new round of road work projects for the City of Myrtle Beach that will kick off at the beginning of January.
Changes are coming to The Market Common that will affect drivers, and officials want to give residents plenty of time to prepare. The Market Common project will do three things: add a new pedestrian crosswalk, change the speed limit and add an intersection.
The speed limit on Howard Avenue between Farrow Parkway and Nevers Street will drop from 30 to 25 miles-per-hour. The four-way stop will be put at the intersection of Howard Avenue and Hackler Street.
Officials said the project is a move to protect shoppers and motorists as they travel through the area.
"The businesses there requested a mid-block crossover so that their customers could get from one side to the other," explained City of Myrtle Beach spokesman Mark Kruea. "We've got a nice landscaped median but it requires that you put on boots and climb over the bushes and we're going to fix that...I think this is a plus for safety and a convenience certainly for people that want to shop in that section of Howard Avenue it also should make people aware you've got to stop there at Howard and Hackler so there aren't any accidents there anymore."
During the crosswalk installation, on-street parking will not be allowed along Howard Avenue between Hackler Street and Iris Street. Lanes will be closed at various times starting Monday, January 11 to allow for the work. The project is expected to wrap up January 21.
Elsewhere in the city, a project to keep the sewer system running smoothly in parts of downtown will got underway on Monday,January 4. The big issue is trees, as roots are growing into the sewer lines in some areas of Myrtle Beach. The work is only expected to last for a few weeks.
Pinewood Road and 32nd Avenue North are going to see construction, from Kings Highway to Little River Road. The city contracted with municipal sales, a sewer root control company to do the work. Where the sewer lines are on private land, the contractor may need to access property.
"I don't think they're going to have to access anybody's yard," Kruea said. "If there's a manhole in your back yard they may need to get to it. They will have identification and come knock at your door if they need to get in your back yard. it's something that routinely needs to be done and this treatment will take care of the root growth into the sewer system into the future for a while, should cure the problem for a little while."
Residents with questions about the sewer project can contact the public works department.