Work underway in Myrtle Beach to improve beach experience for locals, visitors

Updated: Mar. 15, 2021 at 6:16 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Work is underway in Myrtle Beach to improve the quality of water off the Myrtle Beach coast.

Crews began construction on Monday morning to install a new stormwater pipe to help with drainage between 25th and 27th Avenues South.

“The project has been on the radar for a couple of years, we just had to get it into the schedule,” Mark Kruea, the city’s spokesperson, said. “Really we’re just expanding the drainage area that is served by that deepwater outfall.”

Over one thousand feet of header pipe parallel to the dunes will be added to the area’s ocean outfall picking up stormwater drainage between 25th and 27th Avenues South.

“The deepwater outfalls carries the stormwater beyond the surf zone about 1,100 feet offshore where it’s quickly diluted by the ocean,” he said

Kruea said this will help make the water you swim in cleaner.

Crews will then be able to remove four drainage pipes currently along the beach, which he believes are eyesores to residents and visitors.

“Those pipes are not terribly pretty, they just don’t look very good,” Kruea said.

The cost of the project is $156,000. It’s expected to be completed by April 30.

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