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Ocean outfall project in Myrtle Beach now finished and functional

fter many delays, the deep water ocean outfall project at Fourth Avenue North in Myrtle Beach is finished and functional, according to city leaders.  (Source: WMBF News) fter many delays, the deep water ocean outfall project at Fourth Avenue North in Myrtle Beach is finished and functional, according to city leaders. (Source: WMBF News)
It took multiple pipes for storm water off the beach in order to funnel all that water under the beach in twin 84 inch pipes out into the ocean.  (Source: WMBF News) It took multiple pipes for storm water off the beach in order to funnel all that water under the beach in twin 84 inch pipes out into the ocean. (Source: WMBF News)
By the end of July, all the cranes and barges were removed from the ocean and the outfall pipes were removed from the beach. (Source: WMBF News) By the end of July, all the cranes and barges were removed from the ocean and the outfall pipes were removed from the beach. (Source: WMBF News)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – After many delays, the deep water ocean outfall project at Fourth Avenue North in Myrtle Beach is finished and functional, according to city leaders. City and crew leaders said they were pleased the outfall is complete and thanks the public for their patience through the nearly two-year long project.

This is the fourth outfall project in the city limits of Myrtle Beach. It took multiple pipes for storm water off the beach in order to funnel all that water under the beach in twin 84 inch pipes out into the ocean. This outfall covers 87 acres of storm water runoff and sends it 1,100 feet out past the breakers in the ocean.

The $10.3 million project began in September 2014, with a projected completion date in November 2015. That date was pushed back to February 2016 and then May 2016. The outfall was functional in early July. By the end of July, all the cranes and barges were removed from the ocean and the outfall pipes were removed from the beach. A barge is headed to Myrtle Beach from Georgetown and will be out over the outfall for about a week to finish laying capstones to keep the pipes in place, according to city spokesman Mark Kruea. Once that is done, the project is officially complete.

The project was delayed multiple times because of rough weather and ocean conditions during the winter months, said Kruea. A leader with the crew contracted for the project said they hit a lot more hard rock than they anticipated, which slowed them down. At one point, he said they had to bring in a second crew to help. Kruea said the city intends to do more outfall projects in the future and there could be some lessons learned from this one.

"The size of the project is related to the size of the drainage basin,” explained Kruea. “So the pipes are sized to handle the amount of water you expect from the rainfall in that particular drainage basin, where the water naturally flows. So, we'll look at that. Certainly the contractor need to realize that it is a big project and you're dealing with Mother Nature."

This outfall project also completes another multi-million dollar project. When the Boardwalk was built in 2009, the city made sure to build the storm water collection system underneath the Boardwalk parallel to the beach. That cost $3.6 million. The city has been waiting for the outfall project at Fourth Avenue North to be completed so they can connect it to the one under the Boardwalk.

"Sometimes it takes a while to get all these projects in place,” said Kruea. “There are dots that need to be connected, pipes that need to be connected. But it is finally finished and functioning."

City leaders say having this fourth deep water ocean outfall project in place will improve the look of the beach and will help minimize any potential flooding. The city hopes to do more outfall projects in the future, but it take a lot of money and a lot of time to plan. A possible site that could be considered  would be at 24th Avenue North.

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