HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The South Carolina Department of Transportation will begin construction work on a section of U.S. 501 between the Intracoastal Waterway and Tanger Outlets as early as Sunday.
This construction project, which is set to occur at night, will include milling and repaving the road. All work on U.S. 501 is expected to be complete by Memorial Day.
Some store managers, like Abby Sepero of Crocs, and George Palmer of Lids at Tanger Outlets, said they are worried about what the construction will do to traffic during such a busy month.
"My customers are consistently telling me that it's congested, that they have a lot of trouble getting here," Sepero said.
Palmer's best piece of advice for his out-of-town shoppers is just to avoid U.S. 501 entirely. However, both do agree that any kind of improvement is still an improvement.
As far as the highway goes, they have even bigger hopes for its future.
"To really significantly change things, I would say you'd have to widen the roads," Sepero said.
"Absolutely. So, if you see more lanes, that just means more opportunity to turn off to get where you want to go," Palmer said.
Sonya Milini-Mohn, who is vacationing in Myrtle Beach from Ohio, said she had noticed U.S. 501 wasn't the smoothest road to the beach.
"It feels like I'm on a dirt road back in Ohio where I'm from. So, it's pretty rough. It's a little bumpy here and there," Milini-Mohn said.
SCDOT is currently working on repaving a section of U.S. 501 in Aynor and a section of U.S. 17 in Georgetown. They will begin work on the section between the outlets and the waterway as soon as those projects are complete.
A spokesperson for SCDOT said that could be as early as Sunday, weather permitting.
According to SCDOT officials, this repavement project is not part of the RIDE pact and will be funded separately through federal and state money.