SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Third Avenue South in Surfside Beach will soon see major improvements. It’s a road project years in the making, and now steps are finally being made to break ground. Leaders say soon, road improvements will be underway from the section of Highway 17 Business to Poplar Drive. The goal is to liven up the area and make it more aesthetically pleasing.
Surfside Beach Mayor Bob Childs said the idea is to reflect what Surfside Drive looks like. The completed project will have around 40 parking spaces, with parallel parking on the northern side of Third Avenue, and the southern side will have 45-degree parking for golf carts. Plans for this nearly $600,000 project will also include wider sidewalks and added street lamps, along with underground wiring and drainage improvements. Childs says right now, the project is currently out for bidding, with the bid opening on January 22. Officials say the project is expected to take about 90 days to complete once construction begins.
“This is very exciting, you know we try to help the businesses as much as we can in town and I think we’ve been working on this project now for maybe 4-5 years, and its finally come to be," said Childs.
Childs says work on improvements could begin as early as February, noting major road closures are not expected for this project, only a few detours for a short period of time.
The owner of Benjamin’s Bakery & Café, Lee Zulanch, said because there's very little room between the building and parking, cars have damaged chairs and tables outside in the past. Zulanch said although he's worried about how the upgrades would affect parking, he's looking forward to the final product and hopes this will drive business up.
“To get the improvement, we recognize that we’re going to have to put up with construction, and that’s going to you know be an unfortunate situation, but it’s not avoidable. You can’t have one without the other, so that we’re willing to take in stride, but if we’re working towards a beautiful picture that nobody can come to appreciate, definitely concerned about that,” said Zulanch.
After the road improvement project is complete, Childs said businesses will have the opportunity to apply for grant money to go towards updating their facades.