MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) – A multipurpose pathway project connecting the inlet to the waterway has been announced for 2018.
Murrells Inlet 2020, along with Tidelands Health announced the plans for the multipurpose path Wednesday morning and it is all part of a safety and lifestyle initiative for everyone who lives in or visits the area.
Even though many drivers are watching for pedestrians, riding a bike in the Murrells Inlet area can be a little intimidating.
Shanti Kocherlakota, who was riding with her family, said, "On the road it's a little scary... just for the little ones."
Murrells Inlet 2020 heard these concerns loud and clear, most of which came from a survey they put out a couple of years ago.
Executive Director Meredith Millen says the responses called for a safer way to go from the inlet, to the waterway.
"It should come out to about here... it will be a bike path that comes all the way down Riverwood, and will make a right all the way down... for phase one… onto Old Kings Highway," Millen said.
"So what we did was we made sure to work with SCDOT and have it built to their specs...so what we did was put in a five foot buffer off of the road. So it will be its own specific path for biking and walking," she added.
Those biking certainly appreciate the idea.
"Even if you just a little bit go off balance... even though they are going slow, they don't know what you're doing as a biker so it's just helpful," another bicyclist said.
All together Millen says project will cost about $2 million and consist of three phases. By the end, it will connect the booming Murrells Inlet businesses to one of the Intracoastal Waterway's most popular marinas: The Wacca Wache Marina.
"People put their boats in there... a lot of people keep their boats there and actually all around the marina is a lot of neighborhoods. So I think a lot of families who live back there will benefit from phase 2 and phase 3 once their constructed," she said.
Along with the priority of safety... and the idea of getting people to exercise more… Millen says the path could also take cars off the road, with more people choosing to ride a bike or walk instead.
Phase 1 will begin in early 2018.