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Businesses relieved Third Avenue widening project nearing end

The Third Avenue widening project extends from U.S. 501 to Kings Highway. (Source: WMBF News) The Third Avenue widening project extends from U.S. 501 to Kings Highway. (Source: WMBF News)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Third Avenue South widening project in Myrtle Beach has been on-going for nearly two years, but it is finally nearing the end. 

Area business owners are glad to see it come to close. 

These owners complained that sales were down and business was slow while the construction was underway.

Most of the road has been paved for almost a month now, and business owners in the area said they are already seeing a difference in sales. 

"Construction is over, traffic is flowing good, business looks good and our dedicated customers still continue to come, but are actually getting more business," said Joyce Dzick, a waitress at Victoria's Country Cookin.'

C & G Auto employees said construction crews and their equipment would often block their parking lot.

"They started right here on this corner, right here at us," said Barry Adams, a member of the company's management team. "This is where it all started. Not only do we have the garage, but we also have the Penske dealership, and trying to get 26-foot trucks in and out around all of the construction, it has been pretty aggravating." 

The widening project is under the South Carolina Department of Transportation. Business owners said it widened the lanes on Third Avenue South, improved the storm drainage system and also added a bike lane. The improvements start at U.S. 501 and extends down to Kings Highway. 

Chris Cribb, who owns Harry's Discount Tire, said he's been frustrated ever since the project started, and he still is now that it is coming to an end. 

"I haven't been able to paint my building since the construction," he said. "It's difficult."  

Cribb added crews are supposed to pave his driveway, but that hasn't happen. He said he was told the city would not allow equipment down in the area until the entire street is finished.

He said to widen Third Avenue, 15 feet of his property was taken, leaving his customers with limited parking space.  

"If it is busy and my parking lot is full, most of the customers will keep on driving because of the confusion," Cribb said. 

Other businesses, like C & G Auto, said they understand the construction was needed to improve the road.

"It's fantastic now," Adams said. "Seriously, it is so much better now. The traffic moves now, they got the road finally paved, everything is leveled, everything stays flowing."  

Myrtle Beach spokesperson Mark Kruea said the widening project should be completed at the end of August. 

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