MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – The Myrtle Beach City Council finalized its plan for the Memorial Day weekend during a special meeting Thursday morning.
Council met via conference call to discuss plans for the holiday weekend.
The council approved a resolution declaring the Memorial Day weekend an extraordinary event and authorizing the city manager to take all steps necessary “for the preservation of public health, safety and welfare.”
That includes implementing a traffic congestion plan. According to information from the Myrtle Beach Police Department, that initiative has three parts:
Part One: Traffic control devices have been staged at various intersections across the city. In the event that a roadway becomes heavily congested and the traffic demands exceed the roadway capacity, a team of officers have been identified to utilize the staged traffic control devices to divert traffic to a less congested area.
Part Two: South Carolina Highway Patrol will be monitoring eight intersections at key points throughout the city during peak travel times. Their role will be to direct traffic and control the intersection to ensure traffic is moving, and the intersection does not become congested.
Part Three: Beginning Friday morning at 6 a.m., motorists will be allowed to travel southbound only on Ocean Boulevard. The northbound lane will be for emergency vehicles only. Pedestrian barricades have been placed along the curb on Ocean Boulevard. The barricades will encourage pedestrians to utilize the crosswalks and to prevent pedestrians from walking in the roadway.
The Myrtle Beach Police Department released an interactive map that gives an overview of Ocean Boulevard and the access streets for the Memorial Day weekend.
INTERACTIVE MAP | 2020 Traffic Plan
Myrtle Beach Police Chief Amy Prock said the city will not be enacting the 23-mile traffic loop that has been used over previous Memorial Day weekends.
Prock noted the traffic loop was only used once in 2018 and not at all in 2019. She added that by not using it this year, it frees up officers for strategic deployment elsewhere.
Restrictions on golf carts and mopeds, however, will be part of the city’s Memorial Day weekend plans.
Golf carts will be restricted on Ocean Boulevard south of 29th Avenue North starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday and running through Monday.
Mopeds will be prohibited on Ocean Boulevard south of 29th Avenue North during the following times:
- 12 a.m. through 8 a.m. Friday
- 8 p.m. Friday through 8 a.m. Saturday
- 8 p.m. Saturday through 8 a.m. Sunday
- 8 p.m. Sunday until the traffic control devices are removed on Monday
The city’s plans come after violence mired the previous weekend, when shots rang out on Ocean Boulevard in the evening of May 17.
Several people were injured in the shooting, which involved rival gang members from Chesterfield County, authorities said.
Seven people have been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting.
It was noted during Thursday’s city council meeting that the extraordinary event resolution was not a “knee-jerk" reaction to the May 17 shooting, and that previous Memorial Day weekends have been declared extraordinary events.